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Apple Vision Pro used to conduct spine surgery for the first time; Doctor says headset eliminates human error

Apple Vision Pro is being used to perform critical surgery. Know what doctors say about VR technology and AI software.

| Updated on: Mar 13 2024, 13:52 IST
In peak Bengaluru moment, man sporting Apple Vision Pro negotiates streets; draws hilarious reactions on X
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1/5 The recently-launched Apple Vision Pro headset has been creating a lot of hype among the youth and it is grabbing much attention. After a number of incidents turned viral, including some of people taking the headset for a drive in a car and another allegedly taking it to a plane, yet another incident has come to light, albeit not as shocking as these previous ones. In a "peak Bengaluru" moment, a techie (if it is Bengaluru, it had to be a techie) named Varun Mayya was seen wearing Apple Vision Pro headset on the streets. The video elicited quite a few reactions on X and most focussed on how the new generation will turn into “VR Zombies” in the country.  (Ayush Pranav/ X)
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2/5 The highly talked about Vision Pro headset has now hit the streets of India and people have much to say about the technology.  The post that started it all said, “bumped into @waitin4agi_  while he was playing around with his vision pro on the streets of indiranagar. gotta be a @peakbengaluru moment.” While some X users made fun of India’s traffic, others were extremely worked up about how it will affect the wearer's mind and body. (AFP)
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3/5 An X user commented on the post saying, “Eye doctors better be prepared for what’s coming” and another user commented saying, “Dont try in Koramangala. Full of potholes.” With serious concern a user also said, “Vision Pro zombies have arrived in the streets of @peakbengaluru” (REUTERS)
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4/5 Seeing the man wearing Vision Pro, a user also commented, “Forget man, if I see any such human at s public place ama sprinting away next second”. (AFP)
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5/5 The Apple Vision Pro was launched recently in the US and, while users are praising the technology, there are many who showed concerns. However, note that the device has not been released for sale in India yet.  (REUTERS)
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Apple Vision Pro was used to perform spine surgery. (REUTERS)

In some very exciting news, Apple's new mixed reality headset, Vision Pro was used to perform surgery at the Cromwell Hospital in the UK. The doctor utilized the VR headset to provide navigation throughout the spine surgery of a male patient. The Apple Vision Pro headset helped to adhere to the right surgical process and use the perfect tools for the job to perform the surgery successfully. However, note that the doctor was not wearing the Apple Vision Pro but the theatre nurse who was providing instructions. Know more about the surgery with an Apple Vision Pro headset.

Spine surgery with the help of Apple Vision Pro

According to the Metro report, the VR headset was worn by the scrub nurse whose role is to prepare all the required instruments and equipment for the surgery. Therefore, during the entire surgery, the nurse kept track of the right tools and provided information from Vision Pro. Suvi Verho, lead scrub nurse at London Independent Hospital said that the technology is a “gamechanger” and “It eliminates human error. It eliminates the guesswork.”

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The surgeon, Syed Aftab highlighted that the nurse was able to see the entire plan for the surgery and the instructions provided by the device felt like he was working with someone with ten years' experience. Surgeons use an app designed by Exes, a US-based company which is specialized in developing AI software. The app was also used by neurosurgeon Dr Robert Masson who claimed that it made the process “effortless.” Aftab also indicated optimism for the software and what it can do for the healthcare industry. With the Vision Pro being used for surgeries, Apple also announced that the healthcare developers are now in the works to develop apps for the VisionOS to transform the healthcare sector in many ways such as “clinical education, surgical planning, training, medical imaging, behavioral health, and more.” The technology will empower doctors and nurses with advanced information and the right procedure to perform surgery and more.

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First Published Date: 13 Mar, 13:52 IST