Learning Medicine and Surgery in VR

Is Learning Medicine and Surgery with Virtual Reality (VR) Effective?

Health And Beauty Tech

Virtual reality was once the dream of science fiction. But the internet was also once a dream, and so were computers and smartphones. The future is coming.


Virtual Reality is a computer-generated 3D image that creates a real-time simulated environment. It is similar yet different from the real world. Virtual reality is an artificial environment that helps to create a surreal 360-degree image that is close to reality.

While a Regular image can show apart from a fixed point, VR captures every part of the location and projects it in a 360-degree image.

  • The Augmented and Virtual reality market was valued at USD 6.1 billion in 2020. There is speculation that it will reach USD 20.9 billion by the year 2025; whereas growth is a CAGR of 27.9% for the duration of 2020 to 2025.

Virtual Reality in Healthcare Sector

  • Virtual reality (VR) was valued at USD 769.2 Million in 2017 for the healthcare market, it was speculated that it will reach USD 4,997.9 Million by 2023, at a CAGR of 36.6% for the years 2017-2026.
  • As per the survey conducted by Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research, healthcare will be among the top 3 industries that will lead to adopting VR technology up to 2025.

82% of healthcare professionals agree that VR is a very unique and convenient way of accessing and learning. It is also an opportunity to take a closer look at complex scenarios, for medical students and practicing healthcare professionals.

Virtual Reality for Medical Education and training

1. Anatomy Learning

AR VR in healthcare education allows learning from highly realistic 3D models of different parts of the body such as organs, tissues, bones, blood vessels, and muscles. This way of training improves the learning experience that results in a better understanding of anatomy.

2. Social skills learning

VR help to create a real-time situation. That simulation exercise is like treating real patients with the help of AI nurses and physicians. It may increase the confidence in new doctors and they treat their patients better.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is also associated with social skills. Many studies have proved that social skills training using VR has helped in autism treatment in India.

3. Use of Medical Equipment

VR-generated simulation exercises allow us to have a better understanding of medical equipment and its usage.

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4.  Simulation training for Surgery

VR creates a real environment in the operation room. While exercise helps the surgeon to gain practical skills, knowledge, and competency. The major benefit of this technique is, it involves no risk of life and high efficiency.

5. Complex cases

Replicating critical or complex cases such as cancer rehabilitation where more medical proficiency is required. Although such simulations allow the medical interns to develop expertise and learn appropriate action during emergencies.

6. Easy to adapt

VR infused simulation training prepares the interns for a future environment that leads to easy settlement in the new working atmosphere.


Taipei Medical University, Taiwan collaborated with HTC for creating VR software for anatomy learning in 2019.  Since then, more than 300 students have studied 4,000 highly detailed anatomical 3D models. As per reports, this improved technology helped the students to gain a more in-depth understanding of anatomy.

At cognihab, we understand the importance of innovation and technology. We have collaborated with major hospitals and healthcare providers. Therefore, we can design VR simulated training programs and enhance the power and skills of our healthcare providers.

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