VR devices could be used to simulate training scenarios for doctors and first aid responders, according to Karl Woolley, creative technologist and VR lead at visual effects company Framestore.
"Rather than poking around in a prosthetic dummy and trying to locate the heart of the patient and operate on that, there's no reason why you can't have a virtual reality or mixed reality application where you could have virtual tools in your hands," he told CNBC in a phone interview.
Woolley also described how surgical specialists in one country could advise doctors in another country using VR. In the future, VR may be key element of allowing surgeons to operate remotely using machines.
"Either you could remotely survey and give advice to the local people in the theatre or you could potentially have that specialist operate," he said. "It's a possibility, but we're not quite there yet."