Augmented reality & virtual reality

Extended reality applications like virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality transform the practice of medicine. We report on their widespread use – from the use in the operating room to clinical medicine, drug development, medical training and education, to treatment in pain management, psychology and psychiatry.

Virtual reality simulation improves cardiovascular interventions

Virtual reality simulation improves cardiovascular interventions

Engineers are developing a massive fluid dynamics simulator that can model blood flow through the full human arterial system at subcellular resolution.

VR and lightweight robot simulate hip replacement

VR and lightweight robot simulate hip replacement

Researchers have developed a virtual reality simulator for a particularly critical step in hip joint implantation.

VR & 3D printing used to prepare for lung-operation

VR & 3D printing used to prepare for lung-operation

An anaesthesia team used 3D printing and virtual reality to produce an exact model of the airway of a 7-year-old girl in order to prepare properly for an operation to remove part of her lung.

Augmented reality brings ultrasound into a new dimension

Augmented reality brings ultrasound into a new dimension

Augmented reality ultrasound has, for the first time, made it possible to superimpose topographical representations of ultrasound images directly on a patient, with the examiner seeing the sectional image in AR glasses.

Re-association of body parts using VR

Re-association of body parts using VR

Researchers report that a re-association of the right thumb with a virtual left arm can be induced by visuo-motor synchronization in a virtual environment.

Modern VR and AR device can help simulate sight loss

Modern VR and AR device can help simulate sight loss

Virtual/augmented reality devices can simulate some of the key difficulties experienced due to glaucoma, suggests new study from City, University of London.

VR for early detection of MS balance problems

VR for early detection of MS balance problems

The UNC School of Medicine lab of Jason Franz, PhD, created virtual reality experiments to show how a potentially portable and inexpensive test could reduce falls and related injuries in people with multiple sclerosis.

Bringing physiotherapy home with VR

Bringing physiotherapy home with VR

Virtual reality could help physiotherapy patients complete their exercises at home successfully thanks to researchers who managed to combine VR technology with 3D motion capture.

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