Training Doctors and Nurses in Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality (VR) is, of course, not just for patients. It also offers benefits to healthcare professionals. Training doctors and nurses to carry out routine procedures is time-consuming, and training generally needs to be delivered by a busy – and expensive – professional. But virtual reality is increasingly being used to learn anatomy, practice operations and teach infection control.
Being immersed in a realistic simulation of a procedure and practicing the steps and techniques is far better training than watching a video, or even standing in a crowded room watching an expert. With low-cost VR equipment, controllable, repeatable scenarios and instant feedback, we have a powerful new teaching tool that reaches well beyond
One of the most promising elements VR brings to the medical industry is that of the use of 3D models by surgeons to plan operations. By visualizing a complicated 3D organ on paper, really doesn’t give the full picture. And that is one main reason 360-degree graphics come to the forefront and also comes a better way for patients and doctors to communicate.
Prior to any operation, surgeons need to obtain the most precise images possible on the part of the body undergoing surgery. For instance, The University of Basel has developed a technology that employs computed tomography to generate three-dimensional images in real-time to use in a virtual space altogether.
VR smoothly blurs the demarcation between the physical world and the computer simulation as surgeons can use latest versions of virtual reality glasses to interact in a three-dimensional space with the organ that requires surgical treatment, view it from any desired angle and able to switch between 3D view and the real CT images.
The most obvious cost-cutting advantage is it allows for less evasive procedures in diagnostic discover. Eliminating potential infections from a risk management perspective is a win, win for both Healthcare Provider and Patient.