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.

VR could help improve balance in older people

VR could help improve balance in older people

Researchers are investigating how virtual reality technology could help improve balance and prevent falls.

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.

Mixed reality gets machine learning upgrade

Mixed reality gets machine learning upgrade

Scientists at Osaka University employed deep learning to improve mobile mixed reality generation.

Augmented reality provides insights during liver surgery

Augmented reality provides insights during liver surgery

Researchers are developing 3D technologies for surgeons. The aids for surgery planning are particularly advanced.

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,

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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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