Apple Vision Pro used during surgery for the first time

  • The headset was used to keep a note of each stage of the operation
  • It was described as a “game-changer”
  • It also compared the surgery to similar procedures

Published on Mar 13, 2024 at 4:03 PM (UTC+4)
by Nalin Rawat

Last updated on Mar 13, 2024 at 9:18 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

It was only a matter of time before someone tried it out – the Apple Vision Pro has officially been used in surgery.

A team of surgeons at the private Cromwell Hospital in London used the $3,500 augmented reality goggles to operate on the spine of a male patient.

The Apple Vision Pro has been described as a “game-changer” by the surgical staff.

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However, it wasn’t a surgeon who wore the Apple Vision Pro but rather a scrub nurse, who used AI software platform, eXeX, to help keep a note of each stage of the operation.

Per eXeX, Cromwell Hospital is the first in Europe to use an Apple Vision Pro during surgery.

It was even able to compare the surgery against similar procedures performed by other surgeons.

Fortunately, the surgeon praised the software and said it turned a scrub nurse he had never worked with into someone with ten years of experience.

According to him, the technology would ‘superpower’ his operating team into the equivalent of a Formula One pit crew.

“It eliminates human error. It eliminates the guesswork,” said Suvi Verho, lead scrub nurse.

The Apple Vision Pro, which sells for $3,500 (the same as buying five iPhones) is still only available in the US.

The company designed the headset to create an immersive environment while performing everyday tasks.

Due to its ease of use, people have been seen using the headset in public quite often.

However, using the Apple Vision Pro in public has also led to many memes and criticism.

Fortunately, the augmented reality device is now being used in a higher stakes setting and might even help save lives.

Recently, Apple also announced how the Vision Pro is also being used to help surgeons plan and visualize operations with the help of a surgical robot.

Medical practitioners around the world are always looking forward to adapting to new technologies.

And now, they will have another tool at their disposal to improve their services.

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Nalin Rawat

Nalin started his career by working with various national newspapers in India. He has also worked as a writer/editor for many popular websites, while still pursuing his journalism and mass communication degree. Working as a digital nomad has allowed him to inform and educate through his work. When he is not writing, you can find him playing video games or travelling the mountains on his bike.