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Virtual Reality for Surgery Preparation


Thu Nov 30, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
60 mins


City Hall

Virtual reality (VR) is not just for gaming as Toronto hospitals are using the technology to help people get over pre-surgery anxiety.

Dr. Fahad Alam, Anesthesiologist and Assistant Professor, University of Toronto and Dr. Clyde Matava, co-director of the VR lab at the University of Toronto are using immersive reality in health care in the Collaborative Human Immersive and Interactive Lab (CHISIL), the only lab of its kind in Canada.

Pre-operation surgery can result in pain and increased anesthetic requirement in the operating room, as well as delayed recovery, post-hospital negative behaviours, and more. This innovative approach has helped over 200 patients, particularly with children, in reducing anxiety and fear of the unknown when it comes to surgery, and can also be used as a way to train health workers for simpler tasks such as setting up an operating room.

Presented as part of The Cutting Edge program series: Exploring new ideas at the intersection of health and technology. Supported by the Krembil Foundation.

Free program.

Call 416-393-7650 for more information.


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