Tag: virtual reality

5 Takeaways from the 2018 Virtual Medicine Conference

I recently attended the Virtual Medicine 2018 conference, held in Los Angeles, California, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital. With physicians, technologists, and other healthcare professionals from 13 countries present, this was one of the first medical conferences focused purely on virtual reality (VR). Over the course of two days, I heard from a variety of speakers, both […]

Can Virtual Reality Beat Standard Rehabilitation after a Stroke?

While a number of studies have looked into using virtual reality (VR)  to aid in stroke rehabilitation, few have directly compared it to conventional therapy, often consisting of physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT). However, a large, randomized-controlled trial of standard therapy versus VR therapy was recently published in the journal Neurology. Titled the VIRTUES […]

Evidence Mounts for Virtual Reality in Physical Rehabilitation

A recent study from New Zealand has demonstrated the potential benefits of using virtual reality (VR) to help paralyzed individuals improve their mobility. Published in Disability and Rehabilitation, the results are part of a growing body of evidence for using VR in rehabilitation. Researchers created an immersive, VR environment for potentially training spinal cord injury […]

VR in the ER: Study Shows Potential for 360-degree Virtual Reality Medical Videos

Three-hundred-sixty-degree virtual reality (VR) videos are readily available on YouTube and other social media websites. They are potentially a free resource for clinicians looking to quickly obtain a wide variety of VR content. However, little has been published on the characteristics of 360-degree virtual reality medical videos and how actually immersive they may be — […]

Tackling Smoking Cessation with Virtual Reality

Virtual reality (VR) is frequently used for immersive gaming, but it also is being used to assist people make healthier lifestyle choices. BehaVR (pronounced “behavior”), a Kentucky-based VR startup, has just launched a pilot study of their VR smoking cessation program with the University of Louisville. I recently spoke with Aaron Gani, the founder of […]

Virtual Reality App for Lazy Eye Shows Promise

An app for lazy eye might help those with the condition through virtual reality. Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is a condition where vision is reduced from one eye with the brain favoring signals from the other eye. Both eyes may appear normal, but one eye may not be focusing clearly, or one eye may be […]

Virtual Reality: A Medical Education Revolution?

It’s always important to ask what the evidence is with any new technology in healthcare, including medical education. Recent advances in virtual reality (VR) tech offer the potential for engaging, interactive learning experiences for medical students and residents, but is there actually any evidence to support this? A recent study in the Journal of Oral […]

Unfolding DNA using Virtual Reality to Cure Diseases

The Royal Society’s annual Summer Science Exhibition is featuring an innovative take on virtual reality (VR) this year – using VR to study the elaborate structure of the genome. Designed through a collaboration between the University of London and Universita di Napoli, the project’s stated goal is to better under underlying genetic causes leading to […]