MDLinking app helps medical students to study operations in virtual reality

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An app created by a Dutch startup will give medical students the ability to study operations in VR (Virtual Reality). MDLinking, had been available since May on iOS delivering free service and is designed to connect over 8.5 million medical practitioners around the world, not just to give medical practitioners the ability to request an instant consultation, but also to offer students the chance to watch in-depth medical procedures through a virtual reality headset. The app was created to combine the usefulness of a messaging app with the credentials of LinkedIn and also the features of YouTube, and for now, has about 4,000 registered doctors. Additionally, the app offers a vast library of professional content viewable in VR.

MDLinking app

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So far, Dr Gijs van Acker, a surgeon at Medisch Centrum Haaglanden hospital in the Netherlands, has conducted four operations with a VR camera, coming from Samsung Gear headsets. Dr Acker has also assisted in the design of a brand new interface for the app which gives users the ability to swipe through different sections of the procedure with the hand.

Earlier on in February a new procedure used VR apps to stimulate a patient’s brain and enable doctors to map out its intricate network of pathways. MDLinking app offers services similar to this and even more. The app is currently in trial on iOS, the startup plans to launch full versions on Apple devices and Android.


Virtual reality (VR) can be referred to as immersive multimedia or computer-simulated reality, VR creates or replicates an immersive environment similar to the real world in order to create a lifelike experience, allowing the user to interact with that world. Virtual realities artificially create sensory experience, which can include sight, touch, hearing, and smell.



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