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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