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In the world’s first, UK medical students use VR headsets to train on holographic patients

Watch: In the world's first, UK medical students use VR headsets to train on holographic patients

Addenbrookes Hospital students have started using HoloScenarios.

Medical students in the UK are the first in the world to learn with holographic patients.

The University of Cambridge has announced that students at Addenbrooke’s Hospital are using a training system called HoloScenarios, which enables teaching and learning with real-life holograms accessible from anywhere in the world. The technology is being developed by Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH), the University of Cambridge and Los Angeles-based technology company GigXR.

According to the Independentthe developers believe that this new technology could provide more flexible, cost-effective training than traditional simulation, which requires more resources and costs to maintain labs and hire patient actors.

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They have also said that the training involves wearing mixed reality headsets. The students can see each other in real life. They will also be able to communicate with multi-layered medically accurate holographic patients.

dr. Arun Gupta, the anesthesiologist at CUH who is leading the project, explains: “Mixed reality is increasingly recognized as a useful method of simulator training. As institutions scale their procurement, the demand for platforms that provide usability and convenience for mixed reality learning management is growing rapidly.”

Furthermore, Dr. Gupta added: “GigXR has already enabled instructors to better prepare students with medically accurate simulation for observation and assessment. With HoloScenarios, we are helping education evolve from a mentorship-based model to one where students around the world have equal access to top expertise for mastering invention-based clinical skills.”

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According to the outlet, the developers have explained that students will take several modules using the technology, the first of which focuses on respiratory diseases and emergencies. It involves a holographic patient with asthma, followed by anaphylaxis, pulmonary embolism, and pneumonia. Other modules in cardiology and neurology are also under development.

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