Nelson N. Stone, MD, presented “Integration of Augmented Reality (AR) and Extended Reality (XR) into Urology Training and Practice” during the 33rd International Prostate Cancer Update on January 24, 2023, in Vail, Colorado.

How to cite: Stone, Nelson N. Integration of Augmented Reality (AR) and Extended Reality (XR) into Urology Training and Practice.” January 24, 2023. Accessed Apr 2024.

Integration of Augmented Reality (AR) and Extended Reality (XR) into Urology Training and Practice – Summary

Nelson N. Stone, MD, examines the immense transformative potential of augmented reality in the realm of urological education, training, and practice. With a comprehensive approach, he dives deep into the concepts of augmented reality, virtual reality, and extended reality, shedding light on their applications within the field of Urology. 

Throughout his presentation, Dr. Stone places a strong emphasis on the pressing need for advanced training methods in response to the rapid evolution of technology and the increasing prominence of minimally invasive surgical techniques. He delves into the utilization of simulation models as a crucial tool for training, while also addressing the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on traditional training approaches.

Venturing further into the realm of augmented reality, Dr. Stone explores the development of wearable headsets that harness the power of augmented reality, along with web-based platforms that facilitate remote training opportunities. He illustrates how augmented reality enables remote training, empowering instructors to provide guidance and facilitating hands-on practice for trainees, regardless of their physical location.

Dr. Stone showcases real-life scenarios, including transperineal biopsy and renal puncture procedures. These examples highlight the tangible benefits of augmented reality in enhancing hand-eye coordination and improving overall training efficacy. 

Concluding his presentation, Dr. Stone presents a survey received from practitioners who have experienced augmented reality training. The survey findings underscore the potential benefits of augmented reality in revolutionizing surgical education by fostering enhanced skill development and promoting a more immersive learning experience.

About The 33rd Annual International Prostate Cancer Update:

The International Prostate Cancer Update (IPCU), founded in 1990, is a multi-day CME conference focused on prostate cancer treatment updates with expert, international faculty. It is led by expert physicians and is designed for urologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and other healthcare professionals involved in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. The 33rd iteration of the meeting occurred January 22-25, 2023 in Vail, Colorado. To view more educational presentations from IPCU 33, visit our collection page.