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 and lightweight robot simulate hip replacement

VR and lightweight robot simulate hip replacement

Researchers have developed a HIPS, the worldwide first Virtual Reality training simulator for hip replacement surgery.

VR training improves physical and cognitive functions

VR training improves physical and cognitive functions

Researchers have developed an innovative training protocol that, utilizing immersive virtual reality (IVR), leads to real physical and cognitive benefits.

AR telemedicine effective for battlefield

AR telemedicine effective for battlefield

A study shows medics successfully performing surgery in life-like simulations of these war zones by receiving guidance from surgeons through an AR headset.

Wearable haptics make virtual objects feel real

Wearable haptics make virtual objects feel real

Researchers have created soft actuators that can simulate the feeling of touching a virtual object with your fingers.

Using holograms during cardiac procedure

Using holograms during cardiac procedure

Physicians have shown that using a holographic display improves physician accuracy when performing a procedure to treat irregular heartbeat.

Multimodal mixed reality visualisation for surgical guidance

Multimodal mixed reality visualisation for surgical guidance

Researchers have developed a MR visualisation platform which projects multiple imaging modalities to assist intraoperative surgical guidance.

Closer threats inspire a more primitive kind of fear

Closer threats inspire a more primitive kind of fear

Using VR to make threats appear near or far is what makes it harder to extinguish the fear of a close-up threat and more likely that you’ll have some long-term stress from the experience.

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