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VR GETS REAL IN THE OR

Doctors and medical students are increasingly using virtual reality to prepare for surgery.
Stanford Medicine’s Neurosurgical Simulation Center is home to a cutting-edge training program involving virtual reality.

A FEW DAYS BEFORE tugging on surgical gloves to slice open a patient’s brain, doctors at Stanford University slip on virtual reality goggles to help prepare for the risky procedure. Conventional MRI or CT scans can reveal only so much about what a patient’s brain looks like. But feed those images into VR technology, and surgeons can see the brain—all the ridges and fissures, lobes and veins—in 3D,

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