Turkish Neurosurgery 2013 , Vol 23 , Num 5
Virtual Reality Implementation in Neurosurgical Practice: The “Can't Take My Eyes Off You” Effect
Georgios MATIS1, Danilo SILVA2, Olga CHRYSOU1, Michail KARANIKAS1, Sygkliti-Henrietta PELIDOU3, Theodossios BIRBILIS1, Antonio BERNARDO2, Philip STIEG2
1Democritus University of Thrace Medical School, Department of Neurosurgery, Alexandroupolis, Greece
2Weill Cornell Medical College, Department of Neurosurgery, New York, USA
3University of Ioannina, Department of Neurology, Ioannina, Greece
During the last few years, virtual reality (VR) has been increasingly implemented in the neurosurgical practice. The scope of this paper is to briefly outline the educational role of this novel technology in training surgeons. At the same time, the ability of VR workstations such as the Dextroscope® to consistently simulate the surgical trajectory to the lesion-target is highlighted. The authors shed light to the current applications of VR systems in the neurosurgical field by describing not only the advantages of those systems, but their principal drawbacks as well. It seems that VR has come to stay and it is already the new best friend of residents due to its “Can’t take my eyes off you effect”. Keywords : Virtual reality, Neurosurgery, Education
Corresponding author : Georgios Matıs, gkmatis@yahoo.gr