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Using Virtual Reality As Distraction Therapy For Cancer Patients (incl. video)

“Start VR has teamed up with Samsung Australia to introduce virtual reality as a form of “distraction therapy” to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Cancer Hospital.

Patients were provided with Samsung Gear VR headsets and the option to select an experience, ranging from a relaxing travel destination, plunging off an airplane in a skydiving stimulating experience, taking a boat ride through the Sydney Harbour, snorkeling through sparkling blue waters and petting Koalas at a zoo.

The initiative was spearheaded by Start VR’s Head of Content Martin Taylor, who collaborated with Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and Samsung Australia to bring the partnership to life.”

Image: Start VR

By Rae Johnston at Gizmodo

Read more:

https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/03/using-virtual-reality-as-distraction-therapy-for-cancer-patients/

How Virtual Reality Will Change the Face of Healthcare (video)

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“Virtual reality (VR) has come a long way since the 1990s. Today we stand at a tipping point, where VR is about to disrupt so many sectors such as research, sports, the military, education, entertainment, car manufacture, and even healthcare.

According to research and consulting firm IndustryARC, augmented and virtual reality in healthcare is predicted to generate $2.54 billion globally by 2020 .”

by Philip Perry at Big Think

Read more: http://bigthink.com/philip-perry/how-virtual-reality-will-change-the-face-of-healthcare

Virtual Reality Helps Soldiers Cope With War Injuries

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“For a soldier who has endured an amputation, severe phantom limb pain can be debilitating.

Virtual reality company MindMaze has designed a medical virtual reality, augmented reality, and motion capture video game system that immerses the amputee in a virtual environment, where moving the existing arm will move the non-existing arm of the avatar.

Neuroscientist and MindMaze founder and CEO Tej Tadi says this “mirroring” tricks the brain into believing the severed limb is actually there, and has proven benefits in phantom pain management.”

by John Gaudiosi at Fortune

Image: MindMaze

Read more: http://fortune.com/2016/02/22/mindmaze-treats-amputee-veterans-with-vr/

10 ways virtual reality is revolutionizing medicine and healthcare

  Image: Nick Statt/CNET

“Scientists and medical professionals have been at the drawing board for years now, developing and implementing virtual reality in ways that can help them train, diagnose, and treat in myriad situations.

Here are just ten of the use cases that are currently in practice and continually developing as the technology itself develops too.”

  1. Exposure therapy
  2. Treatment for PTSD
  3. Pain management
  4. Surgical training
  5. Phantom limb pain
  6. Brain damage assessment and rehabilitation
  7. Social cognition training for young adults with autism
  8. Meditation
  9. Opportunities for the disabled
  10. Opportunities for the homebound

              By Erin Carson at Tech Republic

              Read more: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/10-ways-virtual-reality-is-revolutionizing-medicine-and-healthcare/