Medical VR (virtual reality) is a field of infinite reverie. It no longer only exists in the imagination of science fiction lovers, but has entered the vision of clinical researchers and medical workers in real life. Although this is a new field, which is not known to the public, medical VR technology is an application that can have a positive impact on the life of patients and the work of doctors. The five major medical VR applications compiled by arterial network are the best proof.
Dr. Shafi Ahmed, who specializes in cancer hand speed, performed the operation with VR camera at Royal London hospital, which is also the first VR operation in the history of medical development. Everyone can directly participate in the operation in real time through VR in medical realities and or app. From medical students in Cape Town to journalists in Seattle, everyone can follow two 360’s ° We can see in real time how Dr. Shafi Ahmed resected the patient’s cancer tissue.
VR promotes medical teaching and learning experience to a new height. In the past, only a small number of clinical medical students were able to obtain internship opportunities to observe the specific process of the doctor’s operation. Therefore, it is difficult for medical students in clinical department to learn and master those surgical skills. However, with the development of VR technology, VR camera technology enables doctors’ operation to be played all over the world, and medical students can also use VR glasses to practice surgery.
For patients with chronic diseases, in addition to physical pain, they generally have to bear heavy psychological pressure. Brennan Spiegel and his team led patients into the world of VR at cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, hoping to help them release psychological stress and relieve their pain. After wearing special VR glasses, they can temporarily escape from the high walls of the hospital, visit Iceland, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and swim in the dark blue ocean with whales.
Spiegel believes that VR technology can help patients reduce stress and pain, and reduce the use of medical resources in wards and other aspects. Therefore, VR medical can not only improve the experience of patients in the hospital, but also reduce the economic burden of patients in medical care to a certain extent.
In addition, there is a similar project developed by a group of passionate college students, called farmoo. According to Henry, a core member of the farmer project, the project aims to help young cancer patients distract from chemotherapy, so that they can focus more on VR game activities than chemotherapy itself.
For children, leaving their parents alone in the hospital is a kind of psychological suffering. They will miss their parents, playmates, the quilt they are used to covering and the comfortable environment at home. Now, a Dutch company is moving these aspirations of children into reality. Visitu can use 360 with smart phones and VR glasses ° The camera fully simulates the patient’s home, school, birthday party or football match and other special occasions. Although the children are hospitalized, they can still feel normal life. VR medical helps patients and relatives have more time and space, and helps them maintain close relationship.
Have you ever thought about how you feel when you get old? “We are Alfred” project was developed by embodie laboratory using VR technology to show young medical students “aging”. In this project, everyone can have a seven minute experience of assuming that they are Alfred, and experience the life of the 74 year old man with audiovisual impairment in the seven minute experience.
The ultimate goal of this project is to solve the generation gap between young doctors and elderly patients, which can help doctors resonate with the experience of elderly patients and understand the disease from the perspective of patients. For patients who survive a stroke or brain trauma, the recovery time is very long. The earlier they start rehabilitation, the more likely they are to recover their original functions.
Mindmaze, a Swiss company, has developed an app called mindmotionpro, which enables patients to “practice” their fingers or arms with the help of VR. Although this kind of activity will not happen in practice, it can improve the patient’s attention, visual and auditory participation. The app can make patients experience the fun of this boring repetitive exercise. Compared with just lying on the bed, the resulting spiritual encouragement can help their traumatic nervous system recover as soon as possible.