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.

Several companies exploring 3D technologies, augmented reality, and virtual reality in health care certainly hope so. Any technology or advancement in health care has two primary sets of stakeholders: the doctors/caregivers and the patients. And for 3D technologies, AR, and VR, that’s no different. For doctors and other caregivers, these technologies are driving big leaps forward in training and education. For patients, it’s all about greater engagement and enhanced healing, rehabilitation, and comfort.

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.

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