Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality are two important technologies which finds its application in various fields like entertainment, education, healthcare etc. Though AR and VR are still in their initial stage, they have already taken an important role in Healthcare Industry
Augmented Reality is an enhanced version of the real physical picturization through the use of visual elements, sound or other sensors. It is a growing technology among companies involved in mobile computing and business applications in particular. AR is easily accessible and it can be easily used by various applications that run on your smartphones and Laptops. Augmented is a mobile app that facilitates customers to boost sales and bring a drastic change in the business. On the other hand, Virtual Reality, is the use of computer technology to create a stimulated environment to view different scenes.
Usage of AR/VR enabled devices by Medical has led to quick and accurate diagnosis, treatment, cure of advanced illness and much more.
Demand of AR/ VR is growing in Healthcare and experts predict this industry to reach $5.1 billion by the year 2025.
Following are the Benefits of AR/VR in Healthcare
Let’s have a look at how AR and VR are making their presence felt in the healthcare sector:
- These technologies support simulations of the surgery procedures. This leads to increased patient engagement with their doctors about the results of the surgeries.
- Advanced technology lends a helping hand in surgeries through additional anatomy information of the patients. It modifies the patient’s anatomy through productive image-based tracking and spatial information.
- In dental care, professionals use a 3D IOS scanning system to create dental braces. This is especially useful in planning for dental surgical interventions.
- Apple iPhone XR offers simulated needle placements useful for training purposes. It also facilitates haptic feedback systems in order to counterfeit the real tissue.
- More researches and developments are done for simulations of health conditions. This helps in accurate interventions for different medical scenarios.
- As AR/VR supports handheld technology that can be accessed through a hand-held scanner. This is useful in communicating spatial information in a mobile format.
How are AR and VR helping the Industry in micro level?
1. Adopting a Change in the Training of Surgeons
Virtual Reality has established how surgeons are being trained by adding real value to the entire process. Medical students can watch the operation live using a VR camera very closely without disturbing senior surgeons and patients. Even surgeons located in different parts of the world can be a part of any important operation by closely observing the operations and giving instructions if need be.
2. Quick Healing of Brain Injuries
VR has helped in creating virtual environments for patients recovering from brain injuries. In return, this quick process helps the patients regain both confidence and better cognitive function. The virtual environments will help the doctors to identify specific areas such as memory loss and decision-making ability of the patients and proper treatment can be given.
3. Learning About Cancer in 3D
A major study in cancer research and treatment was initiated by the scientists of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. They built a 3D model of cancer cells, supported by VR to study cancer in details and to find a new treatment to cure it. This gave them a chance to see the cancerous tumour cells in close up, with details in different angles.
4. Reducing Symptoms of Depression
Acute depression can be extremely dangerous to patients’ lives. With the use of AR and VR technology, depressive patients can have access to their own soothing words of comfort. Such therapy is useful for minimizing symptoms of depression.
5. Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism
Some famous institutions of the world are working towards the betterment of autism have been making breakthrough inventions through VR. This technology can develop social skills in students who are on the spectrum. Real-world scenarios created through VR helps children overcome their phobias.
Potential of AR/VR in Healthcare Industry
Augmented reality is widely used in healthcare facilities for applications like surgical visualization, vein visualization, and education. Even healthcare professionals are taking an interest in knowing the extended benefits of AR for their patients and their business.
As per Statista Research Department, by 2023, there will be an estimated 2.4 billion mobile augmented reality (AR) users worldwide, a rise of 2.2 billion from the 200 million seen in 2015. In 2021, there will be an estimated 1.96 billion mobile AR users worldwide. That same year, in the United States alone, the total number of AR users in the United States is forecast to reach 85 million. Some serious health-related ailments and diseases are being addressed through immersive technology. Time and again those technologies have proved to be time-savers for patients.
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