SEOUL, July 7 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean medical community has adopted virtual reality (VR) technology for the education of medical specialists with expertise on thoracic surgery.
This move is line with the ever-growing ‘untact’ trend that has taken hold in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak. The newly-coined term ‘untact’ refers to non-face-to-face interaction.
The Division of Thoracic Surgery at the Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (SNUBH) announced on Monday that it carried out untact medical education using an XR (eXtended Reality) platform.
XR is a technology encompassing both VR and AR (augmented reality).
XR CLASS is an educational platform that enables access to virtual lecture rooms for learning and teaching on a real time basis anywhere in the world.
The Division of Thoracic Surgery at the SNUBH tested the safety and efficiency of this platform last month in collaboration with the Singapore National University Hospital and the Manchester Royal Hospital.
Doctors at the SNUBH used this platform for the medical education of Vietnamese thoracic surgeons on July 3.
A lung cancer surgical procedure conducted in at operating room at the hospital was shared in real-time using ‘live surgery’ technology, and lectures and discussions were held online.
“It’s not easy for medical specialists in developing countries to attend academic conferences and training overseas,“ said Jheon Sang-hoon, professor of thoracic surgery at the SNUBH.
“The newly-developed XR platform could contribute to enabling them to access more distinguished medical content and education services at a minimum cost.”
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