Many people today still think that  Virtual Reality (VR) relates primarily to video games and museum & art gallery tours - the British Museum, for example, uses VR to transport visitors to the Bronze Age.

Such a limited understanding of this latest computer technology may change this week, when Mr Shafi Ahmed, consultant surgeon at The Royal London Hospital, will livestream globally in VR an operation to remove a tumour from the colon of a London man in his 70s.

Ahmed’s primary aim in using VR in this way is to further advance the training of surgeons worldwide, particularly in those parts of the world where there are insufficient resources to train them locally.

Want to watch? Follow this link to download the app

You’ll need a headset; follow this link to see a selection

As Catherine Stagg-Macey (a fellow Passler) said last month: 

“VR should be a wake up call for us. It is another amazing example of human ingenuity.”