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VR Surgery is an immersive virtual reality operating room experience for trainee surgeons in oral and maxillofacial surgery maxillofacial surgery. Using a combination of Oculus Rift head-mounted display, Leap Motion tracking devices, high-resolution stereoscopic 3D videos and 360-degree videos, this application allows a trainee to virtually participate in a surgical procedure and interact with the patient’s anatomy. VR Surgery is highly useful for surgical trainees as a visualisation aid and for senior surgeons as a practice-based learning tool. This chapter discusses the need for reforms in the existing surgical training methods and a brief review on simulation, serious games and virtual reality in surgical training. Following this, the principles of design and development of VR Surgery are presented.

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Book title

Serious Games and Edutainment Applications: Volume II

Publication Date



187 - 202