VR can speed up availability of less-invasive treatment for thyroid patients, research finds

A University of Virginia (UVA) Health interventional radiologist believes that virtual reality can offer physicians a better way to educate and expedite the adoption of innovative procedures.

By leveraging the simulated experience technology, UVA’s Zia Haskal, MD, has created a 11-minute video with an aim to increase the availability of a less-invasive treatment option for thyroid patients.

By VR 360, 16 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Healthcare, Research.

AI-guided VR simulators can help neurosurgeons, research finds

A new study conducted by the Neurosurgical Simulation and Artificial Intelligence Learning Centre at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) and McGill University has found that machine-learning algorithms can precisely evaluate the capabilities of neurosurgeons at the time of virtual surgery, indicating that AI-powered VR simulators can be very useful tools to train surgeons.

The study recruited 50...

By VR 360, 10 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, Research.

Cambridge researchers say VR can detect Alzheimer’s symptoms

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have found that virtual reality technology can help identify Alzheimer’s symptoms with more precision than the ‘gold standard’ cognitive testing.

The researchers first discovered in 2014 that the “entorhinal cortex” is one of the first regions that get affected by the disease – this could explain the reason behind old people getting lost, which is the most common symptom in the older age group.

Usually, cognitive tests used in...

By VR 360, 05 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, Research.

Virtual reality fitness: Improving physical and mental health

With summer just around the corner, many of us will be wanting to get ourselves into shape for our upcoming holidays. But the effect of the hot weather in summer means that it can be all too easy to get back into bad habits and put fitness regimes on the backburner. The thought of being stuck in the gym, pounding the treadmill fills many of us with dread, but it needn’t, there are other, more stimulating ways to get fit.

By Ben Thiel, 28 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Case Studies, eSports, Healthcare.

New VR system bests ‘gold standard’ testing for detecting Alzheimer’s at early stage

Scientists at the University of Cambridge say they have built a solution which is claimed to perform better than the ‘gold standard’ tests for Alzheimer’s-triggered dementia.

The scientists developed a VR system that may prove to be a boon for the medical fraternity due to its ability to detect Alzheimer’s at a very early stage. Moreover, the technology was also able to sort patients with early signs of senile...

By VR 360, 24 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR, Healthcare, Platforms.

Oz aims to bring AR environment to biopharma with new initiative

Consulting company Oz has launched what it has described as a first-of-its-kind application aiming to bring an augmented reality (AR) environment to physician detailing.

AR-Detailing will allow biopharma sales representatives to have a lot more immersive detailing experience with physicians on treatments. It will also educate them on health conditions and diagnostics. This becomes essential for specialised treatments where...

By VR 360, 16 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR, Healthcare, Platforms.

VR in healthcare: Great Ormond Street Hospital launches VR tool, Rescape secures funding

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) has launched a virtual reality tool aimed at highlighting the impact of its fundraising on the hospital.

The tool, which was put together with creative agency Rewind, offers a VR tour which offers users the opportunity to explore the hospital’s facilities and wards. Also included are services such as the chapel, play and sensory rooms, which have all benefited...

By James Bourne, 20 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Healthcare, Platforms.

Research: Augmented reality can help cardiologists with complex procedures

Augmented reality (AR) offers a new platform to help physicians better visualise complex medical data, particularly before and during medical procedures. A new self-contained AR device aims to provide an immersive AR experience in which surgeons can interactively explore data in three dimensions.

Jihye Jang, a PhD Candidate at the Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (MR) Centre at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, and colleagues assessed...

By VR 360, 12 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Healthcare.

Novarad AR HoloLens system gets FDA approval for medical use

The FDA has cleared OpenSight Augmented Reality System, making it the first AR medical solution for Microsoft HoloLens receiving 510(k) clearance for use in pre-operative surgical planning.

OpenSight renders 2D, 3D and 4D images of patients interactively, while accurately overlaying them directly on the patient’s body. The solution, in combination with the patented virtual tool technology and an integrated targeting...

By VR 360, 30 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR, Healthcare.

VR reduces pain during exercise, finds study

A research paper published by the School of Engineering and Digital Arts at the University of Kent argues that using VR headsets during exercise can reduce pain and increase the level of sustaining an activity.

The research, which was led by PhD candidate Maria Matsangidou from EDA, was set out to determine the effect of using VR on certain inner-body functions like heart rate, including pain intensity, perceived exhaustion,...

By VR 360, 02 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Healthcare, Platforms.

French startup tests VR in hospitals as anesthetic replacement

A French startup is exploring the use of (VR) virtual reality in hospitals as an alternative to anesthetics for minor operations, reporting “positive” feedback from early trials.  

Healthy Mind, the brainchild of three graduates in collaboration with psychiatrists and doctors, uses virtual environments to help ease the pain of smaller operations without the use of drugs while reducing the anxiety commonly felt in hospital environments.

From “Zen gardens” to snow-capped vistas,...

By Mark Jones, 11 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Healthcare, Research.

Will healthcare be where the killer VR apps will emerge?

Virtual reality (VR) technology offers new opportunities for clinical research, assessment, and intervention. Since the mid-1990s, VR-based testing, training, teaching, and treatment approaches have been developed by clinicians and researchers that would be difficult, if not impossible, to deliver using traditional methods.

During this time, a large and ever maturing scientific literature has evolved regarding the outcomes and effects from the use of what we now refer to as Clinical VR. This term subsumes VR...

By Skip Rizzo, 13 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Ecosystems, Healthcare.

NHS to offer VR treatment

A new project is looking to offer mental health patients in the UK an innovative psychological therapy on the National Health Service (NHS).

The project brings together the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), the NHS, universities, as well as charities and companies. NIHR has awarded the project £4 million to use VR to help guide patients safely through situations that they find troubling.  

The project will be the first time that the technology has been utilised by the NHS.

The treatment...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 02 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Healthcare.

VR in healthcare and medicine to grow to $285 million in 2022

VR has opened up a range of new possibilities for services and treatments in the healthcare industry, and the industry is expected to experience significant growth in the next five years.

The immersive experience created by VR is already being used in a variety of ways by healthcare professionals, from pain and stress management therapy to training and simulation.

ABI Research forecasts that VR services in the medical and healthcare segment is about to explode in value from $8.9 million in 2017 to around $285...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 06 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Hardware, Healthcare.

Can VR help with dementia?

It seems that one of the area aside from gaming where VR and AR can have the greatest impact is healthcare. The technology’s potential to radically alter the experience of patients, increase the efficiency of training and change the way healthcare professionals interact with patients.

But can the technology actually impact the way that people are treated, and lead to healthier people in certain situations?

Many nations around the world have begun to think about the consequences of an ageing population...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 31 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Healthcare.

SyncThink releases VR concussion detection headset

Boston based SyncThink is looking to revolutionise the detection of concussions among athletes with the release of its EYE-SYNC headset.

The issue of concussions in sports such as American football has been growing in importance over the last few years, with concern rising over their widespread nature and the long-term damage they can cause.

For example, in July the New York Times published a study that...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 29 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Healthcare.

Can VR help you quit smoking?

Giving up smoking is hard. So hard, in fact, that it often takes people years and many failed attempts before they successfully kick the habit.

Millions of dollars, years of research and a range of different therapeutic strategies have tried to find a silver bullet solution to the problem of nicotine addiction.

there are still over 1 billion active smokers worldwide

Yet, the World Health Organisation estimates that there are still over 1 billion active smokers worldwide and that the practice results in 6...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 08 June 2017, 2 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Healthcare.