Although virtual and augmented reality has recently started to be used in healthcare, it has already gained recognition from doctors, patients, and teachers. Analysts say that medicine is one of the most promising areas for the implementation of VR and AR, as this technology will facilitate work in several areas at once – training, diagnostics, operations, and research.
A student or employee of a medical institution can study the human body without any risks. The technology allows you to visualize the internal structure of the body with accurate detailing, gives you the opportunity to get acquainted with organs and entire systems. With the arrival of virtual reality, learning becomes not only easier, but also more effective, as students can apply their knowledge in practice, without fear for people’s health.
Operation translation methods have already been used for several years. For example, the head of Medical Realities conducts all manipulations in real time, broadcasting them to an audience of thousands of students. This approach increases the effectiveness of training by 60%, because students can practically attend the operation and get the necessary experience, while being anywhere in the world.
This is another promising area for implementation. While working with the patient, the surgeon receives all the necessary information visually:
In addition, an interactive model that tells you the possible consequences of certain actions can be created, which also significantly increases the probability of successful operation.
Virtual and augmented reality allow you to see the likely consequences of surgical, cosmetic, or other medical intervention. The patient can see in advance what the effect of plastic surgery will be, and not just be satisfied with the result. Also, the doctor himself can make some corrections based on the received model.
In psychology its usage is also impossible to overestimate.With the help of VR and AR, you can save a person from some phobias, in particular, fear of heights or public speaking. The situation is simulated in virtual space, but the person who gets into it is under the strict control of doctors. There is already a lot of practical evidence of the effectiveness of this method of treatment.
Some procedures can be performed without the use of painkillers. It is enough to show soothing images to reduce the level of pain. The brain is deceived and distracted from the actions that cause pain, which eliminates the need for anesthesia.