As per reports, the global virtual reality and augmented reality market across different industries was valued at $12.15 billion and is projected to reach $78.45 billion by 2025.
FREMONT, CA: Augmented reality (AR) and Virtual reality (VR) are transforming healthcare technologies worldwide. Virtual reality replaces a user’s view with a different scene, like a video game or a film. Augmented reality, rather than replacing the user’s view of the real world it improves it by superimposing information into the scene. With the help of these techniques, doctors can provide satisfying care and treatment to the patients.
Here are some of the ways AR and VR transforming the healthcare industry:
Delivering highly-effective pain management
VR tools can deal with pain management effectively because it acts as a diversion. Like real-life experiences, these technologies affect the brain’s neural pathways and create powerful memories that help patients forget about, or marginalize the pain they are suffering.
Revolutionizing the training of surgeons
VR also helps in training medical professionals. VR cameras enable the students to watch the operation ‘live’ instead of trying to catch a glimpse over a surgeon’s shoulders. With the help of 5G infrastructure, this type of procedure is possible not only in a well-connected hospital theater but anywhere.
Studying cancer in 3D
Now with the help of these technologies, clinicians can get a new way to look at the disease and treat it. These technologies allow a cancerous tumor sample, taken from a patient, to be studied in detail and from all angles. The idea behind this model is to aid cancer researchers’ understanding of cancer and help find new treatments for the disease.
Reducing symptoms of depression
The AR and VR technologies also help in treating depression; more than 25 percent of patients with clinical depression see clinical progress from using these tools in their treatment process.
27 percent of patients with clinical depression see clinical progress from using VR as part of their treatment. The patients are trained to express compassion towards a distressed virtual child. They are then represented in the virtual child and experience their own compassionate words and gestures. This form of VR therapy has led to patients involved in the study suffering reduced depressive symptoms.
Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease
By doing a VR-based navigation test, researchers found that it is a more effective way to detect mild signs of Alzheimer’s disease. This technique will help the doctors to identify the disease with more accuracy.