Virtual Reality in Health Care Makes Medical Reality Easier to Endure

Few people relish a trip to the doctor or hospital, and even fewer look forward to twilight years potentially spent in an assisted-care facility. But if next-generation technologies in health care could make those experiences better, getting a whiff of that unmistakable antiseptic hospital smell might not be so bad.

Training health-care practitioners using 3D imagery is highly effective, as medical-imaging pioneer Dr. Maki Sugimoto and others have found. After all, 3D models are more effective than pictures in a textbook, because students can move and explore the models as they would real cadavers—without the mess.

One company enabling 3D exploration is BioDigital, often called the Google Maps of the human body. “Doctors and patients alike are inundated with information,” says BioDigital CEO Frank Sculli. “With 3D, we can make the content more engaging, which leads to increased understanding and retention.” BioDigital’s cloud-based Human 3D model features more than 5,000 anatomical objects to explore, and more than 2,500 schools are using the platform to educate and train students.

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