You might be unfamiliar with this. Virtual Reality (VR) is also used in the healthcare sector.
It is used to relieve pain during treatment, treat PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), teach / nurture medical student training, and telemedicine. We will introduce the use of VR in the medical industry, which may be expected to increase in the future.
Reduce Pain in Medical Treatment
It is used to treat painful diseases like cancer.
It is known that treating a patient with a VR headset has the effect of distracting from reality such as pain and medical device measurement results. Additionally, there are cases where dentists use VR to relieve patients ‘ fear of removing teeth or performing injections.
PTSD medical treatment (post-traumatic stress disorder)
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is an intense experience of shock, strong mental stress, etc., which causes damage to the mind and feels strong fear over time for that experience.
Natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, crime damage such as violence, and soldiers participating in the war in foreign countries may be PTSD.
Everyone has the potential to become PTSD.
The use of VR in the treatment of PTSD has been around for over 20 years. Using VR to reproduce actual crime scenes and scenes that have caused phobia and gradually face patients as the main cause of fear has been proven effective.
Education / training for medical students
VR is also used in training courses before medical students experience actual medical practice and in forensics in crime scene verification and evidence search lessons.
Here are some InstaVR examples.
Stanford University – Practical training VR for students of medicine
Stanford University used InstaVR to create a VR training for medical students.
The university had already conducted excellent medical training, but even in practice it was very difficult to reproduce what happened in actual medical practice.
For example, you need to answer questions from the nurse when treating a patient.
It is also common for the patient to hear the voice of another patient during treatment, and also to have an alert or sound from the device at all times. Settling down and treating without distraction is necessary.
VR was perfect for preparing and experiencing these environments repeatedly.
Customer Stories: Erfan Mojaddam, Stanford University School of Medicine, Manager of Academic Technology and Innovation (ATI)
Emporia State University – Crime scene VR for forensic students
Emporia State University has partnered with the Kansas Investigator to create a forensic student VR app using InstaVR.
If you find clues such as DNA and evidence left in a room from a VR crime scene, you will learn technical terms.
With hotspots and links created with InstaVR, by combining the car sole, you can look at things in the VR and see a detailed explanation.
Customer Stories: How a Kansas University Uses InstaVR to Publish Cross-Platform Apps Quickly & Easily for their History, Forensic Science, and Business Classes
Training on walking
U.S. Duke University conducts research on walk training using VR.
The goal of gait training is a patient who is unable to walk on his own due to spinal cord injury.
It is a thing to walk using the electroencephalogram generated at the time, looking at a pseudo-walking screen (what reflected one’s foot) in VR.
All the patients who were actually trained said they felt their sense of foot and their motor skills.
Learn how to use medical equipment
VR is also used to learn how to operate paramedics medical equipment.
Rarely used medical devices and expensive equipment are often limited by the number available for training.
Therefore, we will also carry out training with equipment created within the VR before training with actual equipment.
By learning how to operate the device in VR beforehand, you will not only be able to effectively use the training time on the actual device, you will be able to receive training calmly.
The spread of general VR in the medical field may still be a little of a future story.
However, it is an area of great interest, such as the UK VR startup working with the National Health Service team to start medical staff VR training.
Not only are VRs used to make medical treatment as fast as possible and a comfortable medical space, but VRs are beginning to be used to enable future medical workers to learn medicine more effectively.