It’s not just entertainment.Summary of VR cases in the medical field

It’s not just entertainment.Summary of VR cases in the medical field

It's not just entertainment.Summary of VR cases in the medical field

hello everyone. This is Hiroki.

The release of PS VR was announced the other day. It is showing excitement, such as being sold out immediately, which is rare for a home video game console.

2016 is said to be the “first year of VR”. Currently, it is mainly developed for entertainment purposes, but I think that development in various business fields will progress in the future.

So, this time I would like to introduce you to the first of such hot topics.VR introduced in the medical fieldIt is us.

table of contents

  • A great revolution in training medical students! VR surgery experience
    • Watch the site live. Real experience of surgery site “Google cardboard VR headset”
    • Vocational training is possible with VR! ?? Simulated surgery experience “Conquer Mobile VR Simulator”
  • Relieve fear with simulated experience therapy
    • Distract with other activities. Virtual pain management “Oculus rift”
    • Give the patient a fearful experience. PTSD mitigation device “Bravemind”
    • It is possible because it is a simulated experience. Overcoming phobia and paranoia “Oculus rift”
  • VR used in other medical treatments
    • Also for lifesaving training. Supports a wide variety of situations “SimX”
    • 3D conversion of patient body data. Detailed inspection using virtual search “HTC Vive”

A great revolution in training medical students! VR surgery experience

First, I would like to introduce the VR technology used in surgery. How useful it is for human resources development.

I don’t think it’s rare to be present at a surgical site when you’re a student, but with VR technology, it’s possible.

Watch the site live.Real experience of surgery site

World’s first at the Royal London Hospital in April of this yearLive broadcast of surgeryWas done.

A camera capable of shooting 360 degrees was installed on the patient, and live streaming video was watched for students. It seems that he was able to see the doctor’s work on the Google cardboard VR headset and smartphone.

By using VR technology, it has become possible to experience simulated things that cannot normally be seen even when not in the field. It seems to be a perfect technology for developing human resources.

Vocational training is possible with VR! ??Simulated experience of simulated surgery

A VR medical simulator for medical education has been developed by Conquer Mobile of Canada.By using this technique, surgeonsSurgery on virtual patientscan do.

The important thing is that you can have a realistic experience as if you were actually in the field of surgery. Using a VR headset and controller, you can create an interactive virtual space and operate it. Similarly, a simulator called Neuro Touch that removes brain tumors is being developed by the National Research Institute of Canada.

I think that on-site experience is important in educating medical students. I don’t know how effective virtual training with VR is at the moment, but it seems that it can be applied to various educational sites depending on future development.

Relieve fear with simulated experience therapy

VR is also used in the field of psychotherapy. Specifically, it is an effort to improve symptoms through a simulated experience in VR.

Distract with other activities.Virtual pain management

Psychological factors play a major role in the principle of human pain. VR is used as an attempt to reduce the pain you feel.

He uses Oculus rift to manage pain by directing the patient’s attention to other things. Sweden seems to be developing a treatment device for phantom limb pain in the same way.

Give the patient a fearful experience. PTSD mitigation device

This device called Bravemind used VRExposure therapy (VRE therapy)Is to do.Traumatic memories and horror experiencesDare to experience againBy doing so, we aim to overcome it.

In the United States, there is a program called Home Base, which provides VR therapy for overcoming PTSD, especially for Afghan and Iraqi soldiers.

It is possible because it is a simulated experience.Overcoming phobia and paranoia

For example, acrophobia and social phobia.Trying to overcome it in the real world can be time consuming, labor intensive and dangerous, but with VR you get a much similar experience.Immediately and safelyThere are advantages that can be done. For example, you can virtually reproduce and experience a situation such as crowds on the subway.

I think the biggest advantage of these is that patients do not have to take conventional treatments such as injections and medicines. It is innovative that it has become possible to overcome the symptoms in a way that is close to nature, rather than suppressing the symptoms with drugs.

VR used for life-saving training and deeper understanding of the patient’s condition

There were other cases of VR, so I will introduce them together.

Also for lifesaving training.Supports a wide variety of situations

This device called Sim X can use AR and VR to create various situations that cannot be realized by simulated training with a mannequin. This enables life-saving training in various environments and situations.

3D conversion of patient body data.Detailed inspection using virtual search

Virtual graphics using the HTC Vive device allows you to observe the human body in detail. In the video above, the doctor has a 3D stereoscopic view of a spinal fracture and a brain tumor.

By using head movement tracking and motion controllers, it is possible to discover problems in the body that could be overlooked by conventional techniques. I’m really curious about how I’m scanning my body.

Summary and future issues

I knew in words that a virtual experience would affect human psychology as a real experience, but I feel that the introduction of VR in the medical field has made it even clearer.

  • Visualization of each doctor’s skill
  • Opening up specialized medical knowledge
  • Fluidization of human resources and information linked to this

If these are possible, it may be possible to create new human resources such as “freelance doctors” beyond vested interests.

What is important for VR to expand into other fields in the future?

I think the future issue is how to turn a mere “passive simulated experience” into a “valuable experience” by “connecting the experiencer to another safe space,” which is an advantage of VR technology.

For example, it may be possible to further improve the efficiency of car driving and machine operation training by using VR. However, on the other hand, it is also a life-threatening experience in reality, so I think it will be important how to draw the line between virtual and real.

VR lowers the hurdle of “experience”, but it is a problem that the psychological hurdle is lowered by becoming familiar with that “experience”.

I am looking forward to future development. see you.