The power of virtual reality

Virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts can experience almost anything, from flying an airplane to landing on the moon to fighting zombies.

Mendez
Mendez

Now VR technology is being harnessed by doctors, researchers and medical students at the U of S to digitally view and analyze the inside of the brain.

“We created this 3D brain where the surgeon can enter the brain, look at a brain tumor, can see the relationship of the brain tumor with other brain structures and potentially plan a surgical procedure,” said Dr. Ivar Mendez, the unified head of the Department of Surgery at the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatoon Health Region.

By using the VR environment, students can understand the structures of the brain and how the different areas pertain to everyday brain functions. 

“I truly feel that this technology is going to be a way in which all students will be learning new things,” Mendez added.

See more at Global Saskatoon.

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