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  • (ED NOTE: We will be having a webcast with Henrique Lambert MD, an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon from Brazil.  Henrique insists that Augmented Reality improves the quality of surgery, so we might a 4th to this list!)

    To most of us, Virtual Reality was the stuff of science fiction. With all the technological advances and brands racing to outsmart each other, we all knew it was only a matter of time before Virtual Reality became the game-changer; literally. Soon enough, consumers were introduced to the Samsung’s GearVR, Google Cardboard, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive; revolutionizing the gaming experience.

    Most commonly associated with gaming and entertainment, VR has become much more than just a video game enhancement. Today, the healthcare industry continues to define innovative applications for virtual reality that are literal lifesavers.

    Here are 5 ground-breaking examples of how VR technology used in healthcare techniques and training is changing lives:

    1.VR helps stroke victims with MindMaze

    The Swiss start-up, MindMaze, is already using VR for imaging and continuous monitoring of the brain. The technology aims to help patients recovering from brain injuries due to stroke and Parkinson’s disease who find themselves losing balance or control.

    The patient wears the MindMotionPro vest which has active markers that are picked up by highly accurate motion sensors, creating a digital avatar displayed to the patient. VR stroke therapy, when used early in the recovery process, tricks the patient’s brain to use a damaged limb and aids patient rehabilitation.

    2.VR used to ease PTSD

    Those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, particularly in military veterans returning from duty can also benefit in the way digital health has integrated VR in treatments.

    With VR technology like HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, people living with PTSD immerse in realistic scenes that may trigger their fears. The patient is exposed to what causes their anxiety and forced to confront them. Clinicians can then guide the patient on how to cope.

    3. VR to help reduce pain in burn patients with SnowWorld

    A virtual environment has been developed by the Harborview Burn Center and The University of Washington HITLab to distract burn patients during the redressing of their wounds and other hospital procedures.

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