Mativision launches world’s first virtual medical reality training facility

Mativision is delighted to announce the launch of the world’s first virtual reality (VR) medical training facility, which opened in London this week with a live dental implant surgery broadcast via VR headsets to a group of senior global doctors.  Mativision’s proprietary VR platform, VRinOR®, has been specifically designed for medical education and training.  An important step for healthcare practitioners worldwide, the facility will be permanently located at the Practical Implant Dentistry (PID) Academy in Leeds following the London demonstrations. The centre will add a new dimension to medical training, facilitating the instantaneous dissemination of surgeries to remote doctors and students.

To mark the opening of the training facility, initially housed at Sethi Ltd on London’s Harley Street, 25 international doctors were invited to witness a specialist in dental implants, oral surgery and prosthodontics, Dr Ashok Sethi, perform two complex dental procedures. Viewed via VRinOR® on Samsung Gear VR headsets, the assembled doctors were able to view the operation in as much detail as if they were in the room.  The 360° camera provides those watching with the same viewpoint as the surgeon, offering a totally immersive experience. In addition, those viewing via the VRinOR® platform have access to interactive content that provides additional patient data and a close up view of the operation, projected over the 360-image.

The closed sessions in London are part of a series of many to filmed and viewed through VRinOR®. Once the permanent training facility opens later this year, the platform will be used as part of the academy’s Training in Practical Implant Dentistry course.  It is hoped that the model will be replicated at medical training establishments across the UK and beyond, providing doctors and students around the world unparalleled access to expert medical training, ultimately improving healthcare globally.

George Kapellos, Mativision’s Head of Marketing and Partnerships, said: “VRinOR® gives better-than-live access to operations – traditionally students and doctors would be behind a partition when viewing live operations for training purposes – with VRinOR® they have the same view as the surgeon: 360 degrees, full view of the cameras used internally in the patient, the ability to move around the operating theatre by switching the camera view, and at the same time they’re able to overlay the screen with patient information and other data.

“The opportunities to use VR technology for good are extensive and growing all the time. By breaking down traditional barriers, our bespoke training facility will allow doctors and healthcare professionals from across the world to learn from each other for the ultimate benefit of the patient, and the new centre is an important step in reaching this goal. We are thrilled to be a part of the journey towards global democratisation of healthcare training.”

Dr Ashok Sethi said: “The quality of VRinOR’s immersive and interactive content means I can demonstrate complex procedures with extreme precision and at the same time add a wealth of additional information to the VR content, helping my trainees get a deeper understanding of the surgery technique at a glance, even if they’re thousands of miles away. We are delighted to have access to this pioneering technology, and look forward to a future in which VR integration is standard practice in medical training.”

About VRinOR®:

Partnering with globally renowned doctors, VRinOR® aims to democratise global medical training by offering wider reach, content interactivity, easier access to a wealth of information and customised experiences. Please click below for the link to a clip of the world’s first VR surgery, which Mativision streamed live on VRinOR to 55,000 viewers worldwide in April this year.

The VRinOR® app can be downloaded on the following platforms:



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VRARA Member Mativision Featured during Facebook Oculus Keynote for VRinOR

By George Kapellos, Head of Marketing & Partnerships, Mativision

During the Keynote at the Oculus OC3, the 3rd Developers Conference in San Jose earlier today, Max Cohen, VP Mobile, showcased a selected few from the 400+ VR Apps which are available for the Oculus. 

When he reached the part about VR being educational, he said, “…people won’t be learning from textbooks, they’ll be learning experientially…” and brought to the big screen Mativision’s VRinOR App, to demonstrate his point, saying that  “… it was used to Live Stream an operation from inside the operating room…” 

For all of us at Mativision, this moment was the culmination of a long journey that started well before the world had even heard the word 'VR'. Because, Mativision was not created overnight. 

We can all remember many years ago, the efforts to put the first 360-degree video camera through its paces. To understand the basics of filming a full 'bubble' around you, the mistakes, the problems we had to solve, the development of everything from the ground up. 

It was no different when we decided that it was time to use our technology for a higher cause something that marketeers in the space have labelled 'VR for good'. 

Back in April 2016, when we live-streamed in VR a cancer removal operation, something that had never been attempted before, we were mostly interested in the reviews and comments of medical students who watched the VR stream with headsets and to our satisfaction found out that they were all overwhelmed by the enthusiasm with which they described the uniqueness of the experience, not because it was “cool”, but because it had a much higher educational impact on them. 

That is when we decided to develop VRinOR, the world’s first VR platform, dedicated to the distribution of medical training content. The platform was launched in July and since then it is being populated with real operations filmed in VR. 

We aim to establish VRinOR as the go-to-hub for VR medical training content for all medical students and doctors worldwide.

And this is just the beginning to a very exciting journey....


To learn more about Mativision's VRinOR solutions see here

Mativision joins the VR/AR Association

With offices in New York, London, and Athens, Mativision provides truly immersive experiences for brands and businesses by giving them the ability to film and broadcast in full 360˚ vision and Virtual Reality (VR). Mativision has spent more than 10 years developing the world’s end-to-end technology that can stream live directly to VR from multiple synchronized 360-degree cameras, a technology that places Mativision in the forefront of the VR revolution.

Mativision's mission it to build the future of VR in Medical Education & Training through the VRinOR® mobile platform.  More info here