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Randy Atkins: While skills like piloting can be learned on very realistic simulators, Adrian Park, a professor of surgery at the University of Maryland, says mimicking the human body is much more challenging.
Adrian Park: Even trying to fully simulate one organ would make the complexity of the space shuttle simulator pale by comparison.
Randy Atkins: But Park is working with engineers on early prototypes, and putting them is an operating room environment…
Adrian Park: There’s going to be the noise and the interference that you get in a regular O-R.
Randy Atkins: …so surgeons can get immersed in the virtual reality.
Adrian Park: They absolutely get lost in these scenarios and can get as stressed and agitated as if it were real life.
Randy Atkins: And Park expects technological advancements to dramatically enhance realism in coming years. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News