The Trend of Metaverse and Augmented & Virtual Reality Extending to the Healthcare System

The Metaverse is still in its nascent stage and evolving continuously, having a huge potential in health care to combine the technologies of AI, AR/VR, web 3.0, Internet of medical devices, and quantum computing, along with robotics to give a new direction to healthcare systems. From improving surgical precision to therapeutic usage and more, the … Read more

History of virtual reality and augmented reality in neurosurgical training

Knowledge of the history and conceptual underpinnings of these technologies is useful to understand their current and future applications to neurosurgical training. The technological precursors for VR and AR were introduced as early as the 1800s, and draw from the fields of entertainment, flight simulation, and education. However, computer software and processing speeds needed to … Read more

Virtually painless: How some Canadian surgeons are using VR to manage patient pain

Having patients wear a virtual reality headset during more minor procedures such as mass removal or hand surgery, has shown a real improvement in patient pain as well, Austin says.  “Some of these procedures can be very short … 10 or 15 minutes, while others can be very long…one or two hours,” Austin explained. “They … Read more

Lessons on nutrition easy to digest in virtual reality spaces

In virtual reality, a technology that produces a virtual 3D environment for the user, the team created an interactive space where students could have a hands-on — virtually speaking — experience with food to learn about portion control, as well as a lecture-based lesson that was designed to replicate how an instructor would teach a … Read more

UCL Transforms Modern Surgical Training with ARuVR and HTC VIVE

Clinicians and surgeons taking UCL’s Advanced Minimally-Invasive Surgery (AMIS), MSc programme are undergoing practical-based, innovative, and remote training to gain cutting-edge knowledge and skills in this specialised field. In the past, teaching complex technologies and techniques for best-in-class medical procedures required live surgery environments, to maximise engagement and retention. Source: UCL Transforms Modern Surgical Training … Read more

Research: Artificial intelligence can fuel racial bias in healthcare, but can mitigate it, too

Regardless of the specific type of AI, these tools are generally capable of making a massive, complex industry run more efficiently. But several studies show it can also propagate racial biases, leading to misdiagnosis of medical conditions among people of colour, insufficient treatment of pain, under-prescription of life-affirming medications, and more. Source: Research: Artificial intelligence … Read more

Metaverse and virtual reality are gaining a foothold in healthcare

The convergence of technologies  – such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) – is reshaping human experiences in new and innovative ways. Over the coming years, these new experiences will transform health delivery, from operating clinical trials to coordinating patient experiences and creating new ways to serve the patient. Source: Metaverse and … Read more

VR Surgery Training Might Be More Effective Than We Thought

Researchers working out of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland recently conducted a study detailing how VR could be a more effective tool for surgical training compared to conventional reading and video methods as well as a practical alternative to physical simulation. Source: VR Surgery Training Might Be More Effective Than We … Read more

‘Hologram patients’ developed to help train doctors and nurses

A new partnership involving Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) and the University’s Faculty of Education, brings medical training using ‘mixed reality’ technology one step closer. The project aims to make consistent, high-level and relevant clinical training more accessible across the world. Source: ‘Hologram patients’ developed to help train doctors and nurses | University of Cambridge