Surgeons Should Play with Wii

Trauma CentreApparently some of the games on the Wii console provide a good warm-up for surgeons.  Games such as Marble Mania were said to be the best as they require small, precise movements.

Game players scored nearly 50% higher on tool control and overall performance than other trainees.

Researcher Kanav Kohel explained that the type of game play was crucial.

“You don’t gain a lot from swinging an imaginary tennis racket.

“The whole point about surgery is to execute small finely controlled movements with your hands, and that is exactly what you get with the Wii.”

Colleague Mark Marshall said the games consoles were cheap enough to be used to train surgeons in poorer countries where cutting-edge virtual reality systems were not available.

The researchers will present their work at the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality conference in California later in January.

Thing is that they’ll have to make sure noone brings in other games else I can see the waiting lists for surgery increasing!