Your (virtual) surgeon will see you now — Virtual reality offers surgeons low-cost training platform

Osso VR helps surgeons train for procedures in ways that simulation centers never could, The Washington Post reports.

What you should know:

1. The virtual reality training system was created by Justin Barad, MD. Dr. Barad created the platform after he and other Los Angeles-based UCLA Medical Center residents were called to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens to operate on a 400-pound gorilla in 2014.

2. While the surgery was a success, Dr. Barad wanted to create a tool that would better help surgeons prepare for the unknown. He found a solution in virtual reality.

3. Since launching in 2016, Osso VR is now used by thousands of surgeons.

4. Osso VR currently offers orthopedic training, but a team is working to create simulations for vascular, cardiology, urology and robotic surgery scenarios.

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