For some time surgeries such as video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VAT) have been using a camera/endoscope and screen combination to produce a less invasive surgery while still allowing a surgeon to see what he or she is doing. Operations that use VAT have been marked by faster patient recovery times and less expense.
However, many complicated procedures that could be using VAT, such as mediastinal mass resections (though this procedure has been marked by a surge in the use of VAT in recent years), make limited use of it due to a higher risk for mistake caused by factors such as the limited view of the camera. This means longer recovery times and costly procedures for those having the more difficult procedures.
I propose the use of a VR appliance such as Google Cardboard or the Occulus Rift combined with the use of a curved mirror lens on the camera (to allow wider range of viewing angles) with VAT. This would allow surgeons to have an immersive and flexible *see comments for more*
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