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Virtual & Augmented Reality

Digital medical team @Animativ Health

Digital medical team @Animativ Health

Oct 20, 202110 min read

Developers can create content that blend real world situations and virtual reality within applications. This is Augmented Reality. It allows users to interact with the content and distinguish between reality. One of the ways of doing this is using Google glasses for example.

Virtual reality, however, is the creation of a world where users find it difficult to distinguish between real life and a virtual world. Users should not be able to differentiate between the two. VR is usually accessed by wearing goggles or helmets similar to Oculus Rift.

AR and VR both immerse the user in the technology but in different ways. AR users remain in the real world while interacting with virtual objects but VR users are isolated from it and are fully absorbed into a fabricated world.

VR in Medicine

With the use of a 360-degree camera it is possible to create a 3D video for medical educational purposes. Fully immersive environments can be achieved whereby the user believes that they are in the examination room so as to prepare them for what to expect at the time of their visit.

The equipment that may be used to accomplish the 3D effect can be 12 GoPro cameras, a V.360, a Ricoh Theta or a Giroptic 360.

The aforementioned cameras may also be used for live interactive transmission during medical exhibitions scientific congresses. A 360-degree cameraman equipped with the correct VR equipment can be remotely guided by viewers at great distances from the event.

Google Glass can be used in live educational events allowing large numbers of people to be able to see and hear exactly what is presented. 3D immersive technology can improve education in virtual anatomy or physiology.

Virtual reality therapy (VRT), also known as virtual reality immersion therapy (VRIT) and simulation for therapy (SFT) is a method of psychotherapy that uses virtual reality technology to treat patients with anxiety disorders, phobias and addictions (e.g.smoking) proving to be very effective.

Animativ Health's article about virtual and augmented reality in medicine

AR in Medicine

AR can assist patients to understand how a prescribed drug affects them without having to rely on information in the enclosed leaflet. Laboratory technicians are able to monitor experiments using AR equipment. AR can allow untrained workers to carry out tasks without prior experience or knowledge. During surgery, it is important that precision is maintained. Thanks to AR, surgery remains precise yet more efficient.

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