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Some Virtual Reality functions in the field of medical education that you had ignored

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RV is becoming increasingly important in fields such as medicine and education. 

Innovations in VR and AR are not limited to the leisure and entertainment sector. In this blog, we have already talked on other occasions about the adaptability of RV in different disciplines, such as medicine and training. 

This system is opening up many possibilities for professionals in the sector. In the training of students, for surgery operations or in the treatment of diseases are some of the most prominent. We have already told you about all of them on the Simlab IT blog. 

However, there are some uses and applications of Virtual Reality in the field of medical training that you had overlooked. 

May Offer a Way to Improve Alzheimer’s Treatment

Alzheimer’s is a disease that has no cure. There are virtual reality techniques that can help patients regain cognitive abilities. They are done by reproducing images from the past.

The aim of this system is to enhance the patient’s concentration and improve their attitude, since apathy or lack of concentration are problems that derive from this disease. These methods are carried out through the reproduction of events, experiences or family gatherings that can stimulate the patient’s memory.

Fight against obesity

Virtual reality can help medical professionals diagnose diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Another disease very present in our society, which could be combated with this technology, is obesity.

The method, which they have called ‘Augmented Satiety’, has been developed by researchers in Tokyo. The patient can see an increased portion of food with the help of virtual reality. That portion will increase in size, but in reality you will still have the original piece in your hand. As a result, the brain is deceived into thinking that we are eating something bigger than it really is.

Reduction of ‘phantom limb’ pain

Phantom limb syndrome is the perception of pain by a person with an amputated limb.  The brain continues to send impulses to the amputated area, and the absence of stimuli generates pain.

Virtual reality allows the patient to restore the brain state prior to amputation. The system is carried out with a monitor, a camera and by placing a marker on the residual limb. The patient sees the movements on the monitor thanks to electrodes that capture the electrical activity of the muscles.

In this post we have highlighted some uses and applications of Virtual Reality in the field of medical training less known, highlighted or striking, but equally important and decisive in the advancement of science itself.


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Virtual Reality And Its Applications

Virtual Reality And Its Applications

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Virtual reality, also known as computer-stimulated reality, is a simulation of physical objects and places to allow the user to interact with these objects. It is based on imitating the human senses of touch, sight, hearing and smell. In education, virtual reality comes in as a solution to many problems. Many of the objects which students are unable to interact with become more real and are stimulated to aid learning.

In medicine, virtual reality is a solution to some of the practical aspects. With body donation being more complex and unwelcomed than ever, it becomes important to work with virtual human bodies. Students can even try their surgeries on live stimulated bodies, and this becomes easier to understand and apply. Some aspects of medicine have lacked enough practice facilities.

A good example is the finding of veins in babies. While many students get challenges in applying that, virtual reality models the baby using and then one finds the vein to draw blood for examination. Diseases may be tested on patients who have been stimulated so that the result is determined and proper decisions made before release.

Virtual reality is also applicable in geographical study, where it enables students interact with landscapes such as the Polar Regions which are inhabitable, without having to go there. In studying soils, stimulation is done on the soils found in layers which are very deep in the earth surface. Learners can then feel and even check the color of the soils under study. Water tables may be shown using the same technique too.

In astronomy, learners are able to interact with planets in the solar system. Forces such as gravitational forces of the earth and starts is illustrated. Learners can move the planets about and see the impact. They can also play around the stars, even the sun, to see the planets falling out of space. This is a more practical approach, and even more, in three dimensional. The students who easily learn using symbols and physical objects understand this better, and thus are not left behind.

Virtual study is more interactive and interesting learning method for learners. It is easier to teach students with what they interact with mainly. Nowadays, they interact more with technology, and technology is the way to teach them. They have definitely seen those movies applying virtual reality, so using the same method to teach them is the best way of teaching. As education is moving away from ink and papers, interactive technology is a perfect replacement.

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Virtual Reality trainings in healthcare Industry

Virtual Reality trainings in healthcare Industry

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Healthcare is one of the biggest benefactors from virtual reality. Virtual Reality has been incorporated into several spheres of healthcare among which includes surgery simulation, skills training and phobia treatment.

There are five major ways medical virtual reality is substantially transforming modern day healthcare delivery. They are:

1. Enabling surgeons to conduct a conference surgery:

One of the breakthroughs of virtual reality is that a conference surgery is now possible. A conference surgery is a type of surgery that is performed with a surgeon wearing a virtual reality camera that broadcasts live video of the surgery in real time to other surgeons all over the world. These surgeons are all connected to the operating surgeon and can suggest an advise from time to time.

2. Relaxing chronic patients with virtual reality technology:

Another major breakthrough of virtual reality in health care delivery is its capacity to help chronic hospitalized patients reduce stress and have fun. With the aid of special googles, chronic patients can now escape the hospital walls and visit great landscapes, go mountaineering, swimming among other activities.

3. Making Children feel like they are at home:

With the introduction of virtual reality into healthcare delivery, it is now easy to make children feel at home even when they are hospitalized. Through the use of smartphone and virtual googles, a child patient can see all the familiar interior of his or her home as if he or she was at home. The aim of virtual reality in this field of medicine is to make children feel comfortable in the hospital and hasten their recovery.

4. Speeding up recovery after a stroke:

Virtual Reality also benefits patients that just recovered from stroke. With the aid of virtual reality, stroke survivors can practice how to lift their limbs, hands and fingers, even when in actual sense this is not taking place. This virtual reality movements enhances attention and motivation so that the patient can be encouraged to move their limbs in reality. The consequential mental effort of this patients aid the nervous system to recover better and enable the patient recover quickly.

5. Helping patients experience older life:

Virtual Reality has been optimized to help patients experience older life. This type of medical treatment is administered to patients who are very vulnerable and my experience the fear of an early death. A typical example of this is cancer patients. The essence of allowing patients experience older life is to enable them spend the rest of their lives in confidence.

Simlab IT is a distribution platform for educators to use virtual reality to its fullest capacity. The mission of our organization is to enable medical professionals to continually educated themselves in order to optimize the use of virtual reality in healthcare delivery and to reduce the incidence of medical error.  Simlab IT has created a huge online library to house and distribute virtual reality simulations for health care professionals to train anywhere and at anytime in order to become more effective.

We are one of the best distribution platforms for medical practitioners and other healthcare professionals to continually educate themselves with virtual reality simulations. If you are interested in virtual reality in healthcare training, contact us.

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Applications of Virtual Reality in training and education

Applications of Virtual Reality in training and education

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Today we want to talk about Virtual Reality and its uses in training and education.  There are many applications where Virtual Reality can be a key point. Not only helping training but also saving companies a lot of time and money.

We can also approach it as an easy and fun way to learn. There are many companies, foundations and associations that are joining this way of experiencing culture and offer us, from their websites, this type of visualization.

Virtual Reality applied to training

Medicine

The virtual world has no limits and that is why we can apply it to all the areas we can think of.

An example of this is this way of applying VR. If you’re a medical student or just curious about the human anatomical structure, here’s a fun way to learn and explore our inner world.  This type of project allows us, in addition to creating immersive experiences, to develop interactive lessons for faster learning.

Study without books

More and more schools and institutes are approaching education from the virtual world. Through various applications it is possible to take students anywhere. In this article you can understand the power that Virtual Reality has in the field of education.  It’s a fun way to learn about history, anatomy, algebra, biology… without a lot of effort. This increases curiosity and the desire to learn from a very early age.

Health and safety training

There are many companies, especially engineering companies, that need to train their employees before handling certain machinery. This is usually done with a full-scale recreation of non-functional equipment. In this way operators can learn to operate this type of equipment without having to put themselves in danger or break the equipment.

With virtual reality we do not need a real model, just a virtual model that allows the same actions and VR glasses with which to immerse ourselves in the simulation. You can also program all the actions you want with their corresponding triggers.

Training for firefighters and rescue workers

There are professions that require a certain level of realism when it comes to training. Not only realism of environments, but in veracity of the situation. A fire, an air rescue or a complex landing are scenarios that are expensive to recreate in the physical world, but which can nevertheless be very truthful and cheap if we simulate them with Virtual Reality.

Like a first-person videogame with immersive technology: VR glasses and controls, we can reproduce with great realism situations that require quick reactions. These immersive experiences can be as complex as the simulation requires, but always with intuitive controls that are as close as possible to the real controls.

The world of Virtual Reality has no limits. In Simlab IT we bet on these applications and on the discovery of many more, always focused on the field of training in education or the health sector. Therefore, if you know of any other interesting application or have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to comment below, or contact us.

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Six Ways Augmented Reality is Transforming the Future of Health Care

Six Ways Augmented Reality is Transforming the Future of Health Care

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As the population continues to grow and people live longer and longer, health services around the world come under increasing pressure. Training must become more efficient and innovative to meet the demands of today’s world.

Along with rising expectations about access to and quality of health service delivery, rising demand leads to resource depletion and escalating costs.

Health service delivery is one of the most important issues in our society. Improving the quality of training for our physicians and health care workers is the key challenge facing the medical profession, both now and in the immediate future. It is a puzzle that healthcare providers around the world are applying their time, energy and talent to solve. And technology like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are playing a key role.

Of all the many technologies currently applied to healthcare delivery, Augmented Reality (AR) is one of the most advanced. The ability to seamlessly combine the direct sensory experience of the real world with the full power and potential of digital information technology is revolutionary.

Simlab IT works to bring virtual reality and augmented reality technology closer to healthcare training in the simplest possible way, and within everyone’s reach.

It is this immediacy that is helping to establish AR as a cutting-edge technology in healthcare. When time and resources are essential, AR allows knowledge, skills, and medical expertise to be shared remotely on the spot, ensuring they get to where they are needed most.

How AR and VR is helping to transform the face of healthcare

Here are six ways that AR and VR is helping to transform the face of healthcare so that we can better meet the challenges we face.

Eliminates Access Limitations

How do you meet the medical needs of seven billion people when there aren’t enough doctors for everyone? Traditionally, access to healthcare has been limited by the availability of a doctor so that each patient can see face to face – long queues in surgical waiting rooms, etc. The concept of telemedicine is eliminating these limitations by standardising the concept of remote medical consultations, through intelligent devices and the Internet.

AR has a key role to play in ensuring the quality of such consultations. This is especially true in our own field of surgery. Instead of being limited to diagnosis, the Today application can perform complete surgical procedures remotely, with a specialist using AR tools to guide and collaborate with a colleague in real time. The immediacy of this exchange of knowledge means that experience can go further than ever, improving access to surgery.

Driving training

The long-term solution to not having enough medical professionals is, of course, to train more. RA is already having a profound impact on medical education, with applications ranging from 3D visualizations to life-sustaining anatomical learning, to helping practicing nurses master vital sign control techniques.

A key benefit of AR as a learning tool is that it creates a highly engaging and immersive educational experience that, by combining different sensory inputs, helps retention and a better understanding of complex concepts.

Accelerating the adoption of new technologies

Innovative new technologies that promise great benefits for the delivery of health services are reaching the market continuously at a knotty pace. However, one of the challenges facing the health sector is that there is often a mismatch between a promising technology emerging from its development phase and achieving widespread adoption.

Reasons for this delay include the costs of acquiring new technologies, the time it takes to raise awareness and the need to integrate new systems, from installation to staff training.

The time lost by these delays is time lost in providing a potentially better service to patients. RA can help.

Attendance Practice

RA is an extremely useful tool to help medical professionals complete everyday tasks with greater accuracy and efficiency, from diagnosis to procedural assistance.

The time lost by these delays is time lost in providing a potentially better service to patients. RA can help.

Attendance Practice

RA is an extremely useful tool to help medical professionals complete everyday tasks with greater accuracy and efficiency, from diagnosis to procedural assistance. The applications allow you to do things like projecting anatomical cross sections onto a patient, or displaying 3D visualizations of internal organs, so the surgeon gets a “transparent” view while planning a procedure.

Similar applications help doctors locate veins for cannulation. Future uses of AR may include electronic medical records (EMR) that are automatically displayed on a device when a physician examines or consults a patient, once again highlighting the immediacy that AR can bring to medical practice.

Empowering patients

Another intriguing trend we are seeing with the use of AR in healthcare is the development of applications that enable patients to play a more proactive role in their own care.

With an iPhone or iPad, users can now self-diagnose by matching the simulation to any distortion they are experiencing in their own vision, and even the application offers a list of suggested eye specialists in their area for further consultation.

Treatment Delivery

Finally, AR is even used to treat patients in its own right, especially in relation to physiotherapy and physical rehabilitation. The basic principle behind the use of AR in this field is that digital demonstrations can be mapped directly to the movements people make as part of their therapy. By observing themselves along with the demonstration, they can refine their movements accordingly.

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Our Take on Virtual Reality Education

Our Take on Virtual Reality Education

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In today’s high tech world, we cannot work without taking help from the latest innovations. Taking help of technology has become a necessity. Naturally, the field of education too uses them for its own betterment. There is no denying the fact that there are barren areas where with the help of latest technology, one can improve a lot.

Take the example of the world of medicine; there are moments when a doctor has to perform life-saving procedures for the patients. It is important to note that there are certain procedures you rarely undergo, but still have to remain prepared so as to face them if and when the situation calls for it. Such cases need to be performed with precision; a small mistake can actually be fatal.

Along with the common ailments, students must also know about these rare cases and to ensure that, a student needs to practice.

Take the opposite scenario. There may be cases when a doctor needs to educate the patient about the impending operation; or how critical the procedure might turn out to be. In such cases, a graphical representation helps a lot. This is also a case in point where technology helps in the transformation of lives.

However, the word technology itself sounds vague and what is needed here is specifics. By a particular technology, we mean Virtual Reality.

Virtual Reality in Healthcare Training

The world of virtual reality is full of possibilities and is yet to be fully explored. What we are discussing here is using Virtual Reality or VR in the field of Medical Education. Imagine medical students practicing virtual reality dissections before actually entering the operation theatre!

This is the kind of admixtures we want to happen more regularly. Training facilities can be enhanced further by using VR simulators. But it is quite natural that in order to see high tech simulation becoming the preferred mode of education in medicine, the human element is absolutely necessary.

How can VR help us in attaining knowledge?

Imagine yourself in a VR space nudging around nerves and vessels, having a real close look of the Central Nervous System or the CNS, and understanding the anatomical position more clearly. This is how VR works or should work. The future classes would be on the lines of an audio lecture accompanied by a 3D animated tour of the cerebrum using VR simulations! For surgical students, VR is the safest way of getting a real feel of an intricate surgery before applying it on real patient. Repeated exposure through VR is another big advantage.

Another important area where VR can be used is patient education. Everyone knows that medicine has entered the era of patient-centeredness. It has become necessary to treat patients equally, as partners for sustainable treatment. Here too, by using VR, the patient can be educated substantially about his/her ailment and a roadmap to success can be chalked out taking the patient into complete confidence.

But until now, the use of VR simulations has remained limited. It is quite costly. Accessibility is another problem. This kind of training needs an entirely new method of instructions. The idea is to come up with ways to overcome these challenges at the earliest. We should not forget that VR simulations should supplement instead of replacing real-world training on patients. There lies a huge possibility untapped but it will take time to become a popular tool.