How Virtual Reality is transforming healthcare:

Everything that we know about our reality comes by way of our senses. Virtual reality (VR) entails presenting our senses with a computer generated virtual environment that we can explore and interact with. A VR headset consists of 6 elements: Display, Optics, Head tracking, Motion tracking, Eye tracking and audio. Right from product design to real estate, many industries have already adopted VR and related technologies, and nowhere are the benefits of VR greater than in healthcare.
Specialists, surgeons and other medical practitioners have found their own uses of Virtual Reality technology. Medical researchers have been developing ways to create 3D models of patients’ internal organs using VR since the 1990s. The advances in computing have made it possible for designers to create simulated images that are much more realistic.
X-rays, CT scans and MRI scans can now be turned into high resolution 3D images within a minute, which would have taken over a week to create twenty years ago. Certain complicated procedures can present unique challenges to surgeons and require precise planning.
In recent years, 3D visualization has become a game changer for these kinds of complex procedures. Using VR to treat patients is a lot more fun for both doctors and patients. VR headsets are also used to immerse patients into the virtual world, taking their focus off the discomforts associated with medical problems and treatments such as minimally invasive procedures.
VR is also proven to be useful in reducing anxiety in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy infusions. Being in a hospital can be stressful, especially for an extended period. Virtual Reality helps in recreating an environment that patients like while they are recovering in the hospital.
For patients with brain injury, doctors can use virtual environments as an assessment tool, observing patients carrying out a variety of real-world tasks and identify areas of memory loss, reduced attention or difficulty with decision-making.
One of the biggest advantages of VR is that it allows for learning new skills in a safe environment. Conventional ways of training nurses or doctors can be time consuming and expensive. Healthcare professionals can use VR to practice various medical procedures, learn anatomy and much more. With the help of VR technology, doctors can also perform procedures being in a different location using robotic devices.
The list of applications of VR in healthcare services is almost endless. VR is expected to boost the learning and teaching experience in medicine.

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