Robotic rear-ends have been around for the last few years, but a new feature can now further customize prostate and renal examination practice.

By combining virtual reality technology with haptic feedback (the ability to recreate the sense of touch through vibrations), new physicians should be able to diagnose prostate and rectal cancer with less real-world experience. The machine monitors the doctor’s movements and guides them through the process by showing them what they should and shouldn’t be looking for, while allowing instructors to view and record the mock examinations.

Feature Image Attribution: Imperial College London