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MAR-APR 2014

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MARCH/APRIL 2014 | www.broadbandcommunities.com | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | 13 that it will likely require some costly components. Tat means participating institutions will probably have to share a centrally located VSEOS – an approach that will require each institution to have a sufcient bandwidth connection. Researchers are still working out how much bandwidth an individual institution will need for its connection to the centralized server. Ramanathan estimates that an institution will require at least 100 Mbps. "Te higher the bandwidth, the richer the display," observes Ramanathan. In addition, low latency is important for a good quality virtual-reality experience, and, as Cecil explains, "We overcome latency with an ultra-fast network." Te central server would need a considerably larger pipe, as it would need to simultaneously support multiple connections. Cecil estimates that the VSEOS might be available commercially as soon as 2016. He expects to see demand for the product as a means of improving surgeon training and addressing the concerns of those who oppose the use of animals for scientifc testing and training. Working with Cecil and Ramanathan on the VSEOS research is Miguel Pirela-Cruz, M.D., head of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in El Paso. v Joan Engebretson is a Chicago-based freelancer who has been writing about the telecom industry since 1993. She can be reached at joanengebretson@cs.com. View of the Virtual Surgical Environment for Orthopedic Surgery Credit: J. Cecil, Oklahoma State University BBC_Mar14.indd 13 3/14/14 2:45 PM

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