After David Howie and his daughter got a VR headset for Christmas, the Scottish trauma surgeon found a way for virtual reality technology to help repair shattered bones. "I suddenly thought, hang on, we should be able to view CT scans using this same technology and there must be clever people who have already created the software." He discovered several versions of the software and chose one, and NHS Lanarkshire's IT staff joined in to develop the project. Now doctors at University Hospital, Wishaw are using VR headsets to view high-tech 3D images of complex injuries so they can plan more precise surgery. His team then developed a way to rehearse complex procedures outside the operating theater, a process that has transformed complicated operations. Surgeons at NHS Lanarkshire believe the low-cost system can help other orthopedic surgeons.

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