Virtual Reality: In medicine soon become indispensable

Virtual Reality: In medicine soon become indispensable

According to Mark Zuckerberg, Virtual Reality is experienced in 2016, his breakthrough. But it’s not just the entertainment industry that is being revolutionized. Health care already discovered, more and more applications.

Virtual Reality is being tested in a rehabilitation measure. (Photo:

Virtual Reality in healthcare

VR glasses enable your users by the experienced artificial environment, in the so-called “perceived Immersion”, where you have to collect learning experiences, Fears, or problems that are very close to reality. Especially in medical applications are conceivable, where Doctors or nurses to virtual objects and learn can practice. However, the confrontation with the Fears of patients is conceivable and is currently being researched.

Virtual confrontation with phobias

Virtual therapies for phobias to be explored, for example, at King’s College in London. It was the confrontation with arachna phobia (fear of spiders), claustrophobia (fear of Tight), or social phobias. The field of application is large.

Currently, a field study on Paranoia therapy, in the patient in a virtual Bar to go with the avatars of the artificial environment to interact with it. The avatars are consciously artificial, are discussed, however on microphones by real psychologists. During your practice with these, lead to everyday small talk, you can hear in the Background, like other guests on a talk or make fun of. “This should serve to the concentration and dealing in social framework to promote. We are trying to determine whether an artificial environment for the management of social anxiety can be beneficial to people in real-life situations to prepare.“ says Prof. Thomas Craig from the King’s College Institute of Psychiatry (IOP).

Fear of spiders with Virtual Reality therapy. Photo:

Fear of spiders with Virtual Reality therapy. (Photo:

A similar approach to that of the Dutch company IgnisVR followed. In a virtual space, the user will be confronted with a digital spin. “We have here to do with an effect of the Uncanny Valley. The virtual confrontation is deliberately kept artificially, in order to show the user clear that this Situation is real, although it works through the virtual environment as real as when looking at a real spider in a normal 2D movie. So a better learning experience is possible.“ is Martijn Segers, CEO of IgnisVR convinced.

Virtual Reality for Medical Training

Virtual reality is also a risk but allows for free to gain practical experience of life-saving procedures. Next Galaxy and the VR HealthNet trying to do here is to create, for example, virtual spaces, the most realistic experience of virtual patients. It was a difficult surgery on the brain or a simple visit to the dentist, everywhere, the first field you can already see the attempts. Also, the control of surgical robots, which movements take place which is in part, for human hands is impossible, can be, and a VR glasses for better control of training.

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The prototype of the HapTEL in use. (Photo: King’s College London)

Also, dentists begin to appreciate the virtual environment. On the basis of 3D models of your teeth, or human heads can be learned in training situations, different techniques were only to the plastic figures without Sensors and Feedback to learn. A dentist’s chair system with the name “HapTEL” (Haptics Technology Enhanced Learning) allows different situations of the patient to live. Due to the tactile experience of the drill, the physical pressure can relate to. The chair displays when the pressure point is reached, which may result in an average patient to pain.

Besides, a nurse learns how to deal with patients in virtual environments. The Nursery of the University of Texas at Arlington specializing in experience with Second Life, since 2015 but also on the exploration of use cases with VR goggles to Learn a correct way of dealing with patients.

Here are the Spanish company Indra is already more: Together with the Rafael del Pino Foundation of Madrid, this will focus your research project Toyra on rehabilitation treatments with patients. Toyra made possible by the interaction with virtual objects, the easier re-learning of real movement in everyday situations. This type of electronic therapy not only allows better detection of data but also the analysis of this to the patient to normal situations to prepare.

Jon Hindmarsh, also a Professor at King’s College in London and is responsible for the interactive learning experience, is convinced that the possible fields of application emerge only just. “Every day, new ideas, and research in the fields of students will be added. We are just at the beginning. In a few years, the virtual Learning will be in medicine, but wegdenkbar.“

Virtual reality medicine applications are becoming popular and handy nowadays.

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