Surgeons Perform a Surgery Using Apple's VR Glasses For The First Time

By Consultants Review Team Monday, 11 March 2024

For the first time in the UK,Surgeons have utilized Apple's new virtual reality spectacles to assist in a surgery. A group at the exclusive London Cromwell Hospital utilized a £2,700 Vision Pro headset to fix a man's broken spine.

The gadget was worn by a scrub nurse who assisted the surgeon in preparation, monitoring the process, and selecting the appropriate instruments. Known as augmented reality, the technology let people see the actual environment with virtual screens placed in front of them that displayed important information.

The US company Exex, which created the AI software, is already in discussions with two NHS trusts about the use of it. The procedure, which was completed two weeks ago by surgeon Syed Aftab, was performed in response to the Chancellor's demand last week for the health care to adopt AI.

Jeremy Hunt promised to invest billions in updating NHS IT systems during his budget statement, hoping to increase output and reduce waste. Here, Apple's Vision Pro is not yet accessible. It was intended to provide an immersive experience whether viewing movies or playing computer games, and it cost $3,500 in the US. The device, according to Suvi Verho, lead scrub nurse at London Independent Hospital, is a "gamechanger" since it "eliminates human error." It gets rid of the speculation.

It instills trust in surgical procedures.

Every step of the process is recorded by the underlying AI software, which will later compare its success to other surgeons' comparable techniques. According to Mr. Aftab, the program has the ability to transform a scrub nurse with 10 years of expertise into someone he had never worked with, which happens frequently.

'That's the concept - that it doesn't matter whether you've never been in a pit stop in your life,' he continued, adding that the technology would'superpower' his operations staff into the equivalent of a Formula One pit crew. You simply put on the headgear.

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