Before being operated on, make sure your surgeon can play the Wii

Candace Savino
C. Savino|01.17.08

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Candace Savino
January 17th, 2008
Before being operated on, make sure your surgeon can play the Wii
Playing the Wii and cutting people open are the same things, really. Okay, not really. But, according to science, playing Wii games can help improve one's surgical skills.

Studies showed that trainees performed better in virtual reality surgical simulations after getting in some Wii time first. Those who played the Wii before testing their surgical skills scored 50% higher in the simulation than those who didn't.

Of course, not all Wii games are fashioned for improving dexterity. We don't imagine that Wii Boxing, for example, would be good for anything except tenderizing organs. Titles that require delicacy and precision, though, like Marble Mania, had positive results. We're curious to know whether or not Trauma Center would be useful to blossoming surgeons, but unfortunately, the game was not mentioned (and perhaps not used) in the study.

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