Today, on Dispotech's blog, your disposable excellence, we talk about VR technology and its use in the world of medicine. To do so, we use the support of an interesting article published on medium.com.
Virtual Reality is one of those new generation technologies which can be applied in many ways. One of the most interesting ones is undoubtedly the world of medicine and health: how and to what extent is such technology applied?
A study conducted by the consulting firm Industry ARC indicates an exponential increase of the VR market in the medical sector by 2020. According to the same study, the main focus is on two aspects: patient rehabilitation and training for future doctors.
VR is used to help patients having experienced a heart attack. The company MindMaze helps patients to exercise, for example, the movement of the hands. Similar exercises help to re-exercise damaged parts of the brain and neural pathways.
Also used in psychotherapy, VR helps patients suffering from certain phobias to deal with them: the headsets help patients to immerse themselves in an alternative reality, where they can safely face their fears - always in the presence of a specialist.
As for the training of tomorrow's doctors, there are important developments to report. Already in 2014, surgeon Shafi Ahmed operated on a cancer patient by broadcasting the surgery on a VR headset, which was followed live by 13,000 students - who were also able to interact with the surgeon, asking him questions.
At Stanford University's Medical School, VR will also be used to train medical students, particularly to discover the human body through in-depth anatomy.
In short, VR is a truly versatile technology, applicable to many sectors. The medical field is obviously suitable for the implementation of new discoveries, being an ever changing field. What is your opinion about this article? Have your say, contact Dispotech!