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 to help patients speak up

Virtual reality to help patients speak up

Immersive virtual reality technology could help speech pathologists treat communication disorders.

Virtual reality could help to reduce pain

Virtual reality could help to reduce pain

Researchers have shown that VR can reduce types of pain typically seen in patients with nerve injuries.

Virtual reality at your fingertips

Virtual reality at your fingertips

Researchers have developed a wristband equipped with sensors to enable free-hand, intuitive working in VR that could be used in everyday applications.

Avatar coaching with community context for adult-child dyads

Avatar coaching with community context for adult-child dyads

Virtual reality avatar-based coaching shows promise to increase access to nutrition education to children at risk for obesity,

Hemodialysis: Virtual reality lessens physical side effects

Hemodialysis: Virtual reality lessens physical side effects

Researchers have explored whether a virtual reality program on mindfulness/meditation could alleviate the physical side effects of hemodialysis patients.

Virtual reality helps to treat fear of heights

Virtual reality helps to treat fear of heights

Researchers have developed a VR app to reduce fear of heights. Now, they have conducted a clinical trial to study its efficacy.

A new  virtual reality cognitive assessment

A new virtual reality cognitive assessment

Researchers have created a virtual reality cognitive assessment to effectively test executive function in a real-world setting.

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First AR minimally-invasive spine surgery

Dr. Frank Phillips, Professor and Director of the Division of Spine Surgery and the Section of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Rush University Medical Center, completed the first augmented reality (AR) minimally invasive spine surgery.

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