Video games seem to help surgeons warm up

January 17, 2008 2:42:39 PM PST
Before you have that scheduled surgery you might want to find out if your doctor has played any video games lately.

Certain games, especially the ones that require delicate hand movements, may help surgeons sharpen their skills with a scalpel.

A study in New Scientist magazine had surgeons spend an hour playing videos on the Nintendo Wii game system. They did this before performing virtual reality surgery on a computer system. Game players scored 50 percent higher on tool control and overall performance.

Researchers will be talking more about their study at the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference in California later this month.