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360 Degree View of Cancer Surgery Broadcast Live in Virtual Reality

Posted on April 20, 2016 I Written By

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This week I’ve had virtual reality and video on my mind as I’ve attended the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) conference in Las Vegas. One of the main topics at the show has been the evolution of 360 degree video recording and virtual reality. The merging of those two technologies is fascinating to watch and is still in its infancy.

As I’ve been thinking through these technologies for healthcare, it was ironic that I’d find the news that a cancer surgery was broadcast live online using 360 degree virtual reality video for the first time. Here’s a short video describing the technology and their efforts to use this to educate medical students:

Lest people think this is some super expensive technology that will never make it to healthcare, one of the companies announced a 360 degree video camera at the conference that only cost $600. That’s an incredible price and will continue to go down.

I’m excited to see this technology finding a place in healthcare. Plus, we’re just at the start.