Considerations for the value of immersive virtual reality platforms for neurosurgery trainees’ anatomy understanding
- Basic Sciences Laboratory, Department of Physiotherapy, University of Peloponnese, Sparta,
- Department of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
- Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
- Department of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece.
Dimitrios Chytas, Department of Physiotherapy, University of Peloponnese, Sparta, Greece.
DOI:10.25259/SNI_359_2023Copyright: © 2023 Surgical Neurology International This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 4.0 License, which allows others to remix, transform, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as the author is credited and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.
How to cite this article: Chytas D1, Paraskevas G2, Noussios G3, Demesticha T4, Asouhidou I2, Salmas M4. Considerations for the value of immersive virtual reality platforms for neurosurgery trainees’ anatomy understanding. Surg Neurol Int 19-May-2023;14:173
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It was our pleasure to read the interesting article by Gonzalez-Romo et al.,[
However, as it was pointed out, although the opinions expressed by trainees were positive, there was no objective assessment of residents’ knowledge after the educational intervention. We believe that such an assessment would be essential because the literature has shown that, so far, immersive VR platforms have not been proven more effective than other, traditional methods, in terms of improving neuroanatomy knowledge and, especially, neurosurgery residents’ anatomical knowledge. We believe that, to add immersive VR in a curriculum, and to support the authors’ opinion that it could be an alternative or adjunct to cadaveric dissection, there is need for studies to assess not only the effectiveness of immersive VR platforms for neuroanatomy understanding, but also their effectiveness especially in comparison with cadaveric dissection. To date, there is lack of evidence for effectiveness of this technology as an alternative or adjunct to cadaveric dissection, which is a robust anatomy teaching modality[
Newman et al.[
If we focus on neurosurgery residents’ anatomy learning, although the literature has shown that immersive VR has received positive comments, there is lack of evidence to adequately support its effectiveness, in terms of improving residents’ knowledge.
More specifically, the randomized study by Greuter et al.[
Chen et al.[
Thus, although we certainly believe that the study by Gonzalez-Romo et al.[
Patient’s consent not required as there are no patients in this study.
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