Paris, France – Gaming is making its presence known in the healthcare industry, particularly in the field of surgical education. Oculus Rift and GoPro are both consumer devices and not intended as a medical device. But with a creative vision and a need for hands on educational materials, they make the perfect pair to create first-person lessons on how to perform surgical procedures.
The project was developed by Rémi Rousseau and Dr. Thomas Gregory, Professor of Surgery and Medicine at the Paris Descartes University and surgeon at the European Hospital Georges Pompidou. The team used 2 GoPro cameras to capture the surgery while Dr. Gregory performed a total hip surgery.
The resulting footage gave a 3D high resolution first-person view that could then be implemented into an Oculus Rift, giving the medical student a never before seen look into what the experienced surgeon actually sees.