Virtual reality technology presents us something unreal and convinces our minds to believe them to be real by erasing the fine line between reality and imagination. The technology has expanded to multiple sectors and diversified over the years. It has been influential in the medical sector too, as technology and medicine always have a close correlation.
In this session, we are looking at some of the applications of virtual reality in medical sector.
Treatment Of Chronic Pain
The more the brain processes pain signals, intense will be the pain symptoms in hospitalized patients. Medical VR can efficiently prevent the brain from processing pain signals and contribute to reducing the soreness and pain. Numerous VR software programs have been designed to divert the minds of the patients and relieve the stress in their minds.
Higher stress levels can affect the quality of life adversely and VR solutions offer the best solutions to handle stress effectively.
Fighting Memory Loss
Estimates suggest that there are about 5 million cases of Alzheimer’s disease in the US. Memory loss can affect the patient as well as their families adversely and neuroscientists have been attempting to get better insights on the issue.
Using brain implants and VR, scientists are trying to understand what happens in the brain as it receives new information.
One of the most significant applications of VR in medical technology is in medical surgeries that are made simpler than ever with 3D models used by surgeons to plan operations. Visualizing a complicated organ in paper and planning the surgery is not as effective as a 3D model offered by VR technology.
Surgeons have to obtain precise images of the part of the body that is going to be operated on. Using virtual reality glasses, surgeons can view the 3D images of the organ undergoing surgery and switch between CT images and 3D view whenever needed.
Till date no cure has been found for autism. By including virtual characters, mobile VR investigates the quality of social interactions of autistic children and helps improve their life skills by introducing them to real world situation through the virtual platforms.
One of the popular treatment methods used by medical practitioners who specialize in psychology and psychiatry is Exposure therapy. VR can effectively treat the symptoms of anxiety and different types of phobias.
Virtual reality has already gained influence in medical sector and the ongoing researches about the applications of VR in medical treatments are going to give a major boost to medical sector. Healthcare technology companies are actively involved in the tasks of increasing the usefulness of VR in the field of medicine.