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VR goggles could help speed up surgeons

Virtual Reality (VR) could help surgeons work faster.

Scientists are set to develop a virtual reality (VR) headset that would allow medical staff to simulate their work before carry out operations, with the patient's scans projected onto their bodies.

A group of surgeons and psychologists from the University of Leeds and the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust studied 255,757 operations undertaken at Spire Healthcare's private hospitals.

The analysis found that through repeating the same operations over and over again, they became more efficient 34 out of the 35 times.

According to The Times, doctors were 10 per cent faster doing epidurals.

However, the only colonoscopies were the complete opposite and took longer to do the more they were done.

Tom Pike, one of the study's authors, said that the VR goggles could prove useful to surgeons who are in training or new to the job.

The study reassures people that by doing an operation or procedure quicker has no detrimental affect on a person's life.

Ryan Mathew, a neurosurgeon for the NHS, has teamed up with German technology company apoQlar to make changes to Microsoft's Hololens headset.

He said: "It's all about that freshness of the memory, that last photographic impression in the mind."

Richard Kerr from the Royal College of Surgeons said that it would likely that the warm-up VR goggles would only be used in private hospitals.

He commented: "Further work is required to establish whether these effects also exist in the NHS, where surgeons performing procedures vary in experience."

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