Thursday, March 1, 2007

Game On II

According to a new study, playing video games helps surgeons operate when using precise techniques as in a laparoscopy. A laparoscopy (Also known as minimally invasive surgery) is a surgical technique in which operations in the abdomen are performed through small incisions with the aid of telescopic lenses, video cameras, and fiber optics. Basically, the area of operation is magnified and projected onto a monitor, so the surgeon can see what the hell he/she is doing. (I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before the porn industry starts strapping little cameras to the helmets of penises before they go spelunking, but until then, laparoscopy has the floor).

In this study, Surgeons who had played video games had higher test scores, and that experience had a greater influence than either their length of training or any prior experience in laparoscopic surgery. So, if you took a group of surgeons and gave half of them Playstations for a few months and the other half got to practice performing the actual operation with aforementioned instruments, the doctors who got to slay dragons and snipe communists would fair better in the O.R. Brilliant. And they needed an official study to prove what I’ve been saying all along.

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