It is difficult to predict how Virtual Reality will keep on changing our world, because it is almost as difficult to keep up with the changes that are happening right now. There are many fields that have found fascinating and beneficial uses for this exciting new technology and one of them is medicine. Will Virtual Reality help to make us healthier? Let us find out!
One of the ways in which Virtual Reality is enhancing the development of medical practice is the use of Virtual Reality simulations in training medical students. Much like flight pilots, surgeons-in-training are now able to train their craft in incredibly realistic simulations. This will hopefully lead to increasing the quality of medical service all over the world!
Virtual Reality is also now being used to aid the comfort of the patients. Simulations consisting of soothing sounds and images are now helping to put the patients’ minds at ease. Especially children are now benefitting from pleasant simulations that help them to reduce the stress connected with the hospital stay.
What is more, VR is now being used for therapeutic purposes for patients suffering from mental disorders. Virtual Reality is employed in order to augment the use of Exposure Therapy – a therapy designed to help people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to confront their trauma by reliving it in his imagination in a controlled and safe environment and overcome it as a result. Virtual Reality has proven to be extremely useful particularly in treating former soldiers who have suffered traumatic experiences during their service, as it helps to create incredibly realistic simulations of the situations they had to go through.
The simulation provided by Virtual Reality is also turning out to be extraordinarily helpful for paraplegics. While using VR, they take part in simulations in which they use their brain activity to control limbs of a virtual model. Thanks to this, they are able to slowly regain certain brain functions connected with moving their limbs.