Virtual reality providing cutting-edge training for surgeons

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CHICAGO — Residents at Rush University Medical Center will soon be using virtual reality to practice surgical techniques instead of practicing on pigs.

Residents will use a joystick or surgical tools while they see a virtual patient through a screen.

Rush’s OB/GYN residency Director told the Sun-Times that surgery is no different than learning how to play an instrument or a sport, and that “the more practice you have, the better you get.”

Rush is sharing the high cost of the training equipment with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which supports the system as a cruelty-free way to learn. It’s expected to be in place in August.

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