George Washington University Hospital doctors among first to use virtual reality tech for surgeries

At George Washington University Hospital, surgeons use augmented reality tools to prepare surgical operations. With pictures from CT scan for example, they look directly “on the patient” to prepare as accurately as possible future gestures. As explained, this is a great tool to save time before a operation. Rather than just relying on 2D imaging, … Read more

New Study: VR Changes Mood Before Blood Donations

In this article, a study about the impact of VR use on 33 blood donors at the American Red Cross is presented. With only a simple software and a 4 minutes experience with a Oculus Go, authors showed a clear decrease of “needle fear”. The impact on negative feeling is even more impressive on younger … Read more

Virtual reality, augmented reality can improve surgeons’ training

In this article Justin Barad (CEO of Osso VR) summarizes benefits of AR and VR in the surgeon’s training. He lists, of course, many useful (and up-to-date) examples but you can find also inside the text an interesting reflexion about the future of these technologies. As author explains, immersive technologies in healthcare are more en … Read more

Mount Sinai HELPS Center Study Finds Virtual Reality ACLS Simulation Training Effective for Assessing ACLS Competency

In this study conducted at Mount Sinai HELPS Center, authors compare VR and mannequin-based simulations for ACLS (Advanced Cardiopulmonary Life Support) training. They show that users measured skills in VR is closely correlated with those in classical method (with the mannequin). Even if VR can’t replace the old method, it will be very efficient to … Read more

Augmented reality glasses may help people with low vision better navigate their environment

A research team of USC (University of Southern California) have made a system to help people with low vision to better see obstacles. The principle is quite simple : object around the user is scanned and overlapped with distinct colors through Hololens glasses. Results are very impressive despite severe limitations due to hardware. In a … Read more

VR in the Classroom: The Future of Immersive Education with AR/VR

Even if this article is not really related to healthcare sector, it presents the use of VR (and AR) for education and how to use it effectively in a classroom. Immersive technologies have a ability to help students to be concentrated on their tasks. It’s useful for young people and it’s even more useful for … Read more

Virtual Reality for drug discovery is for real!

As virtual reality technologies becomes more and more accessible, R&D team in biotech try different approaches to use it in they every-day work. In this article, authors explain how it can be used to see (and even to feel!) complex molecular 3D geometry. The exemple of the exploration of this field by Novartis with the … Read more

HRV Simulation combine casque de réalité virtuelle et retour haptique pour mieux former les dentistes

Les simulateurs de l’entreprise sont utilisés aujourd’hui dans 11 pays et dans 25 universités. Avec le financement du programme Epic MegaGrants d’Epic Games, (Unreal Engine) la société va améliorer son produit et passer à l’utilisation de casques de réalité virtuelle pour renforcer l’immersion. “A terme, l’utilisation des casques pourraient nous permettre de diminuer par deux … Read more

The Living Heart: FDA renews contract with Dassault to evaluate 3D simulation, virtual patients

The Living Heart Project of Dassault Systèmes allows virtual experiments on medical devices and even drugs since last year. There are now 130 partners in this project and the collaboration with the FDA could increase this number. The next step for Dassault Systèmes is to plan medical trials with virtual patients. With the demonstration of … Read more

Virtual reality helps U of A students battle exam anxiety

At the University of Alberta, occupational therapy students can use virtual reality to practice before their clinical exams. According to teachers, it allows to decrease anxiety and help them to get better results. Now with the virtual reality program, students can experience the entire process — from opening the room door to diagnosing a patient … Read more