Forget the board game Operation: this new mobile surgical simulator lets you tap and swipe your way through the steps of an operation in a radical new model of interactive training
With an effortless swipe of the finger, you slice open the patient's skin. A gentle pinch and the flesh is prised apart to reveal layers of tissue. Another swipe and a pair of scissors descends into view and begins to cut into the muscle. A few more swipes, taps and pinches and, hey presto, you've removed an appendix.
This is Touch Surgery, a new iPhone and iPad app designed to help trainee surgeons learn the steps of their operations. Described as a "mobile surgical simulator", it is not to be confused with the fun-for-all-the-family game Operation. Remember the nervous thrill of trying to remove a miniature plastic rib with a pair of tweezers without setting the buzzer off? Well, Touch Surgery takes it to a whole new level: every step of each procedure is animated in graphic 3D detail. It's not for the squeamish.