Virtual Reality in Healthcare

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Virtual Reality: The Future of Socializing at Seniors’ Houses

There’s no doubt that socializing is important for seniors’ health and well-being. But what happens when traditional methods of socializing, like going to the movies or out to eat, are no longer possible? Virtual reality (VR) is one possible solution to this problem, and it’s already being used in some senior living facilities. With VR, …

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What Your Next Surgery May Look Like in Virtual Reality

Imagine you’re about to have surgery. You’re feeling anxious, but you trust your surgeon. They walk into the room and sit down next to you to review the procedure one last time. But instead of donning a mask and gloves, they pull out a virtual reality headset. This may sound like science fiction, but it …

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Virtual Reality for Cancer Patients

Cancer patients often have to endure a lot of pain and treatment, which can be very taxing both physically and mentally. However, with the help of virtual reality (VR), they can escape the harsh reality of their situation and enter a calming and relaxing world. Cancer patients have to undergo many tough treatments, like chemotherapy …

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The Next Frontier For Healthcare: Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, And The Metaverse

We are on the cusp of a new era in healthcare, one that will be defined by augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and the metaverse. These technologies can transform how we provide and receive care, making it more personalized, immersive, and interactive. This article will explore how AR, VR, and the metaverse are used …

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How Virtual Reality Is Expanding Health Care

When most people think of virtual reality (VR), they tend to think of it in terms of video gaming or other entertainment applications. However, VR is used in several industries, including health care. In this article, we’ll explore how VR is being used in health care and some of the potential benefits it offers. Virtual …

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Top Lessons Learned Using Virtual Reality in Hospitalized Patients

Patients can often experience anxiety, uncertainty, and boredom in the hospital. They might find themselves sitting in a hospital room for days or weeks, which can be physically demanding and emotionally draining. The hospital room might feel like more of a bio-psycho-social jail cell than a place that’s uplifting and a place for healing. This …

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How Oculus is Being Used in Healthcare

Virtual Reality (VR) is booming at the moment. Two years ago, Markets and Markets wrote a report outlining that the VR healthcare market grew to $976 million. That is an increase from $525 million five years earlier. Current research also shows that the VR and AR (Augmented Reality) healthcare market will grow to $5.1 billion within the …

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Four Ways in which Immersive Technology is Transforming Lives: VR and AR in Healthcare

1. Surgeon Training
A critical part of a surgeon’s training is the shadowing of surgeons. However, only two students are allowed inside a surgery at any one time. This proves difficult when some hospitals have in excess of 300 students for every year group. This logistical problem can be circumnavigated by the use of VR technology. With cameras installed at angles in the operating theatre, a full 360-view can be gained, with students wearing VR headsets for full immersion in the high-pressure setting of surgery, allowing them to gain the experience but in a controlled and more comfortable way. The footage doesn’t have to be viewed in real time but can be downloaded at leisure with a VR headset.
2. Pain Relief
At first medical use of VR was as a tool for the management of pain. The idea of immersive technology was thought up by researchers at the University of Washington in the mid-90s. This treatment, first aimed at patients who had suffered burns, was with patients experiencing an almost game-like scenario of throwing snowballs at a penguin to distract them from their pain. Their research showed that burn victims suffered from up to 50% less pain when they were immersed in Virtual Reality.
3. AR for Medical Students
Microsoft’s HoloLens is a headset that creates a hologram of some digital content in the real-world environment. This means that students are able to look at realistic images of the heart or brain and are able to rotate, take apart, enlarge and examine them in detail right in front of them. Surgeons too can create their own holograms when they are preparing a complex operation.
4. Palliative Care
When a patient is on end-of-life care, it is difficult for them to experience things that they have long wanted to but are now physically unable. AR and VR don’t just offer training and life-saving treatment, they can also allow these patients to have a better quality of life through their experiences. With AR or VR, they could skydive, run alongside wild horses, or even swim with dolphins. It can be used as a form of escapism from their own rather bleak reality.

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