Best spinal tap you’ll ever have. New study concludes that virtual reality in lumbar puncture training improves students’ learning experience.



  • In this study, we report the development of a 180-degree stereoscopic LP video in clinical settings.
  • Interestingly, the medical student cohort had a significantly higher satisfaction, perceived a higher interest in the video and were keener to have the video in open access for repeated use than the cohort of attendings and residents with prior LP experience.
  • There is no need for continuous supervision.
  • Finally, the video modality allows for remote teaching, which is very valuable in the current Covid pandemic context and the associated need to restrict physical contact [36, 37].
  • The 180-degree format also eliminated resolution and bandwidth issues that can be observed with a 360-VR video format.
  • All in all, we think our results open a door for future studies to further investigate the development of a VR-based LP training system by demonstrating the feasibility of the administration of the video and encouraging data regarding students’ interest.