The use of Virtual Reality within the medical sector can be a real game-changer for so many people. Changing and ultimately, saving lives – that’s the aim, right?
But what are the five top ways to use VR within medicine?
1 – Training.
Imagine a room full of medical students, all watching a complex operation through VR headsets. Or even better, as a group within a VR dome.
Many students are restricted to peeking over a surgeon’s shoulder, but what if VR gave a view at the heart of the procedure? They’re there – in the operating theatre, literally learning at the hands of the professionals.
The beauty of VR is that it can be streamed globally, meaning anyone – anywhere – can have the same view of the surgeon. There’s no better way of improving the view of future surgeons.
It doesn’t have to start and end with the operating theatre, of course. A VR view of the arrival in ER, the whole process through preparation, planning and finally the operation itself can be seen first-hand.
2 – Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation – in good time – is key to recovery from a traumatic injury or serious illness. The better the process, the more chance of good recover.
Medical VR can help patients to practice lifting arms, moving fingers or even first steps. Of course the physical action isn’t real, but the engagement and motivation – not to mention audio feedback – helps to train the lost functions.
Motivation is the key. Medical VR helps to show patients they can start on the road to recovery by allowing previously damaged nervous systems to ‘practice’ movement.
3 – An outside view of the world
How about a patient who is in pain, waiting to be released from hospital? Through the use of VR, a patient can be taken away from the wipe-clean walls of a ward to an immersive experience of their choosing.
This helps to improve the hospital experience of course, but it can also reduce stress and therefore, pain.
A patient can visit family, friends and even childhood holiday spots through the use of VR. Even during invasive treatment, a VR headset can distract from the stress and pain of the procedure.
4 – Experience life as an elderly patient
People don’t how it feels to grow old, lose a limb or recover from heart attack until it actually happens. So what if young doctors could use medical VR to learn the difficulties of growing old?
VR technology is being used to show medical students what it feels like to live as an elderly patient. Empathy is often a doctor’s first tool, so a ten-minute immersive experience as a typical elderly person can only help understanding.
5 – Bring the children ‘home’
Nobody likes a hospital stay, least of all children. So what if they could use VR to visit home, see their friends and experience missed birthday parties?
Smartphone technology is being developed that live streams VR experiences to a young patient hospital. Not just a flickering 2D view, but a true 360 experience of real life. It just helps to make sure nobody fells alone in hospital.
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