Instead of waiting for a patient to undergo actual surgery before one can witness a complex medical operation, this digitally simulated surgery is now being considered as an alternative–or as a complement.

All students have to do is use digital surgical tools and see everything through an interactive computer screen. They can do a virtual surgery on their own while guided accordingly without risking a real patient’s life or limb. After mastering virtual surgery, they can proceed with the real thing.

It’s still a far cry from seeing and touching the real thing, but it’s good enough.

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