Virtual Reality in Medicine | BioMedical Mondays 012

Author: Hamza Waheed
Virtual Reality is one of the many disruptive technologies that will be used in the future.  One of the most common places VR (virtual reality) is seen is at stores. You can buy a VR headset for $50 dollars or more and immerse yourself in a completely new environment. VR has and will continue to disrupt medicine. Here are (insert number) ways that VR will change the field of medicine.

  1. Training: The biggest way VR will disrupt the medical industry is through training future doctors and surgeons. Instead of having to potentially risk a patient's life, organ, or body part, an inexperienced or surgeon in-training can see and perform a certain type of surgery in real life without the risk of harm onto the patient. Not only will learning dangerous operations become safe, but also learning the anatomy and physiology of the human body will improve dramatically. People can see in real time what actually is going on inside the human body.

  2. Research and Development: Virtual Reality give a different view of the human body.  Because of this, newer, innovative rehabilitation systems will be developed in the field.  For example, Mind motion PRO, an app, allows for patients to have a better experience with repetitive movements associated with rehabilitation.  This allows for damaged nervous systems to become rehabilitated much faster.

  3. Treatments: Virtual Reality is likely to become a critical component in treating and recoverin people.  Doctors will probably prescribe some form of VR in the future.  For example, a doctor may prescribe physical therapy for a patient.  Physical Therapy can boring for some patients.  This can be due to the repetitive and routine nature of some of the physical therapy exercises.  Now a patient will not feel bored by the exercise they are doing.  Patients can simply immerse themselves in a completely different world, and accomplish both the exercise and entertainment.  It becomes a win-win situation for both the doctor and the patient.

Many companies are pioneering Health-related VR.  These companies include, but are not limited to, Pious, Virtually Better, and applied VR.  Many more companies will be made in this space, as the technology drops in price and more innovation occurs.  Expect your quality of healthcare to go up in the future due to Virtual Reality.