A team from Southern Methodist University (SMU) use virtual reality to train surgeons in Zambia. This is a concret use of Virtual Reality Surgery Simulator (VRSS) developed at SMU with the support of the Medical Research Council (UK). This cost effective device is easy to deploy in hospital and surgeons can use it quickly. First results are so promising then the project will be extend soon. Virtual reality has advanced significantly in recent years. What was once…"Doctors In Zambia Use ‘Virtual Reality’ Developed At SMU To Train Surgeons"
In this article, a study from Wayne State University’s Stress, Trauma, and Anxiety Research Clinic is presented. Situational therapy using AR is not new, but here you will find interesting results of a clinical trail (90 participants). Experiment was done with Hololens 1 (Microsoft) glasses and specific applications. Next steps presented in this article are the use of Hololens 2 (for a wider field of view) and the creation of a “catalogue of fears” that…"Using augmented reality and presence to treat Arachnophobia"
In this article, a training program for social workers is presented. It is made by Accenture to help people to develop their observation skills in a very difficult context, using VR and voice recognition. The idea is to help caseworkers refine their skills in a real-world setting, interviewing a child, a mother, and an admittedly scary-looking father. Only the immersive storytelling and interactivity of VR and voice could make this training so impactful, said Cortney…"Friends With Holograms: Using VR to train social workers to sniff out child abuse"
In this article, author explains how pediatric oncologist Beth Apsel Winger and her colleagues from UCSF School of Pharmacy have used VR to design a new drugs for a particular patient. They have developed a special version of the well known visualisation software Chimera called “ChimeraX”. This application allows people to see mutated protein’s shape and to choice best adapted drugs. Meetings in the Jacobson Lab are different now. Instead of preparing lengthy PowerPoint presentations…"VR drug discovery makes precision therapy a reality | School of Pharmacy"
The Immersive Reality Training Lab of the Colorado State University is complet with an hundred VR headset and several applications to study anatomy and medical imaging processes. According to Jordan Nelson (one of the lab’s operators) ” the lab is designed to complement, not replace, existing teaching methods “the lab is designed to complement, not replace, existing teaching methods” Colorado State University has deployed a new VR lab; designed to accommodate up to 100 students simultaneously,…"CSU Has Deployed a 100 Headset VR Lab for Biomedical Education"
Cadaverless anatomy education is it possible today, and is it appropriate for a good training? In this article science journalist Bahar Gholipour explains advantages and drawbacks of the VR anatomy. Anatomy education has been resistant to change for so long that Young and others see what is happening now as a sign of a possible historic transition. “We’re at the beginning of a paradigm shift, no question about that,” Young says. “That shift is going…"Med School without Cadavers?"
In this article, we discover several examples of “digital therapeutics”. Even if this new kind of drugs is not so new, first were used 10 years ago, we have seen a lot of new solutions in the previous 2 or 3 years. More and more clinical trials are ongoing and most of the biggest pharmaceuticals industries work on it. Authors describe the history of this domain and explain in particular links with more classical drugs…"The emerging world of digital therapeutics"
The Ohio State College of Medicine made a VR simulation to train medical students (and professionals) in a mass-casualty events context. The program has been grant by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for more than 1,8 millions dollars. The new VR simulation — led by Danforth and his co-principal investigator Nicholas Kman, an emergency medicine physician at the medical center — will show trainees ranging from medical students to EMTs a subway bombing scene…"College of Medicine developing virtual reality training simulation"
For hospitals, like for many other building, augmented reality is a great help to easy the conception step with true users. Architects use it to show how the building will be and to collect users’ opinion. In this article authors gives many illustration of AR and VR uses in this view. Even the most experienced clinical planners, people who have dedicated 30+ years to the design of healthcare facilities, cannot provide all the answers. Only…"Augmented reality : A new frontier in hospital design"
In this article authors perform a meta-analyse over more than a thousand statistical tests related to uses of VR in psychology. The study is mainly focused on statistical consistency and explore main errors seen in scientific papers. They also talk about “usual” bias in selected samples. The conclusions may seem harsh to you but it give good ways for future research 🙂 Virtual reality (VR) is a popular subject of scientific study across a variety…"Virtual Reality Check: Statistical Power, Reported Results, and the Validity of Research on the Psychology of Virtual Reality and Immersive Environments"
In her presentation at the last Oculus Connect 6 event, Sandra Humbles explained how the Johnson & Johnson Institute want to increase the use ofOculus Quest in surgery training. In partnership with Osso VR, they have shown the efficiency of virtual training for new surgeons, just one year after the launch of their “global virtual reality training program for surgeons and nurses”. Sandra Humbles, the vice president of global education solutions at the Johnson &…"Johnson & Johnson wants to bring VR to doctors-in-training worldwide"
Is it efficient to design drugs and to manipulate molecules “with hands”? A team from company Sygnature have done many tests and they have found this method useful for collaborative work. They used Hololens and 3D rendering software to help biochemists to see shapes and structures interactions. Company now works to integrates all functionalities in a easy-to-use software. “It’s good for immersing yourself in a completely different world, but you’re there by yourself,’ says Dr…"Augmented reality prototype software for drug molecules developed"
At George Washington University Hospital, surgeons use augmented reality tools to prepare surgical operations. With pictures from CT scan for example, they look directly “on the patient” to prepare as accurately as possible future gestures. As explained, this is a great tool to save time before a operation. Rather than just relying on 2D imaging, surgeons can take a CT scan and create a 360-degree virtual reality platform with it, Dr. Keith Mortman, a thoracic…"George Washington University Hospital doctors among first to use virtual reality tech for surgeries"
In this article, a study about the impact of VR use on 33 blood donors at the American Red Cross is presented. With only a simple software and a 4 minutes experience with a Oculus Go, authors showed a clear decrease of “needle fear”. The impact on negative feeling is even more impressive on younger people. This study demonstrated that an inexpensive and brief VR intervention can have a significant positive impact on mood just…"New Study: VR Changes Mood Before Blood Donations"
In this article Justin Barad (CEO of Osso VR) summarizes benefits of AR and VR in the surgeon’s training. He lists, of course, many useful (and up-to-date) examples but you can find also inside the text an interesting reflexion about the future of these technologies. As author explains, immersive technologies in healthcare are more en more complex and it will become a real challenge to explain to surgeons how to use it in the close…"Virtual reality, augmented reality can improve surgeons’ training"
In this study conducted at Mount Sinai HELPS Center, authors compare VR and mannequin-based simulations for ACLS (Advanced Cardiopulmonary Life Support) training. They show that users measured skills in VR is closely correlated with those in classical method (with the mannequin). Even if VR can’t replace the old method, it will be very efficient to be used for individualized training, more often and for a lower cost. The study found that VR simulation was predictive…"Mount Sinai HELPS Center Study Finds Virtual Reality ACLS Simulation Training Effective for Assessing ACLS Competency"
A research team of USC (University of Southern California) have made a system to help people with low vision to better see obstacles. The principle is quite simple : object around the user is scanned and overlapped with distinct colors through Hololens glasses. Results are very impressive despite severe limitations due to hardware. In a new study of patients with retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited degenerative eye disease that results in poor vision, Keck School of…"Augmented reality glasses may help people with low vision better navigate their environment"
Even if this article is not really related to healthcare sector, it presents the use of VR (and AR) for education and how to use it effectively in a classroom. Immersive technologies have a ability to help students to be concentrated on their tasks. It’s useful for young people and it’s even more useful for people with autistic syndromes, who struggle with soft skills. It’s a new example of amazing possibilities of VR in these…"VR in the Classroom: The Future of Immersive Education with AR/VR"
As virtual reality technologies becomes more and more accessible, R&D team in biotech try different approaches to use it in they every-day work. In this article, authors explain how it can be used to see (and even to feel!) complex molecular 3D geometry. The exemple of the exploration of this field by Novartis with the start-up Nanome illustrates what could be drug discovery tomorrow. Using the collaborative VR platform developed by four-year-old Nanome, scientists can…"Virtual Reality for drug discovery is for real!"
The Living Heart Project of Dassault Systèmes allows virtual experiments on medical devices and even drugs since last year. There are now 130 partners in this project and the collaboration with the FDA could increase this number. The next step for Dassault Systèmes is to plan medical trials with virtual patients. With the demonstration of efficiency of this process, future medical trails could be very different from today and much more accurate. Dassault Systèmes today…"The Living Heart: FDA renews contract with Dassault to evaluate 3D simulation, virtual patients"
At the University of Alberta, occupational therapy students can use virtual reality to practice before their clinical exams. According to teachers, it allows to decrease anxiety and help them to get better results. Now with the virtual reality program, students can experience the entire process — from opening the room door to diagnosing a patient — without leaving the lab. Instead of traditional actors playing standardized patients, the virtual program has multiple virtual patients, modeled…"Virtual reality helps U of A students battle exam anxiety"
In this short video, we will see how AR glasses is used by a team of Munich’s Technical University in surgery. Researchers at Munich’s Technical University are developing smart surgical glasses for operating theaters. Allowing for a 3D visual representation of the patient, Augmented Reality is set to revolutionize surgery. Source: How smart glasses will transform surgery | Tomorrow Today – The Science Magazine | DW | 27.07.2019"How smart glasses will transform surgery"
In this short article from Dhannu Daniel, managing director at Accenture, you will discover that “93% of health executives have AI projects on their agenda” in Australia! The author explains four big areas where these technologies could be useful, mainly by augmenting people possibilities. A healthcare executive survey showed that an impressive 72% of Australian healthcare leaders are either piloting or planning AI adoption.1 Furthermore, 93% of health executives have AI projects on their agenda,…"Enabling health care with artificial intelligence in Australia"
In this article, authors show that the use of Hololens AR helmet improves endoscopic surgery. With a test panel of 72 people from novice to expert level, this study shows a better efficiency than with conventional screens, especially for less skilled people. This study demonstrates that the device facilitated improved outcomes of performance in novices and was widely accepted as a surgical visual aid by all groups. The HoloLens represents a feasible alternative to the…"Effectiveness of the HoloLens mixed-reality headset in minimally invasive surgery: a simulation-based feasibility study"
A research team of Cambridge University published an article last month about the use of VR to test development of dementia. For example, a simple VR test of navigation could help physicians to detect signs of Alzheimer’s disease earlier than with standard cognitive tests. VR technologies could also help to test more accurately specific drugs for the disease. Doctors diagnose dementia in around 10 million people every year, and 60–70% of these new diagnoses detect…"Is virtual reality the next frontier of Alzheimer’s diagnosis?"
Thermo Fisher Scientific (an American biotechnology product development company) use now virtual reality to train new employees in the Greenville’s factory. As the factory looks for more than 100 new people, the VR will be used to shorten training time by up to 50%! For the moment, only a room is operational for 20 persons but other are planed. The company has installed a training center equipped with virtual reality capabilities to help advance the onboarding and training…"Thermo Fisher Opens VR Training Center In Greenville"
In this video Vicky Smalley (CTO of FundamentalVR) presents company software products and the vision behind present and future developments. She enhances the importance of accurate haptic simulation in surgery training. Our mission at FundamentalVR is to give medical personnel access to the best simulations on a day-to-day basis. We believe that every surgeon should have the opportunity to rehearse, practise and test themselves within a safe, controllable space that is as close to real…"Vicky Smalley presents FundamentalVR at AWE USA 2019"
In this short article you will learn how AI is going to transform dentistry in many ways. Of course, this technology will help dentist to find problems on bitewing radiographies (like in many other kind of pictures analysing) but it can also help to design prosthetics and even optimizing operations scheduling! Digitization has not only increased the efficiency but also improved the predictability of procedures. Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have a significant impact on dental…"AI Application in Dentistry and its Benefits"
U.K. National Institute of Health Research has launched a really big project (£4 million funded) to test the efficiency of VR in mental health therapy. This project is called “gameChange” and it evolves many partners (both private and public). In particular, it will test VR products of Oxford VR start-up. The first large-scale trial on psychosis patients will bring robust results on VR efficiency next year according to Oxford VR CEO and allows clinicians to…"First Major Trial Of VR Therapy For Serious Mental Health Conditions Launches"
In this article you will explore how virtual embodiment can modify behaviours. It’s even more powerful when senses are simulated, like sense of touch. Even if the article is not closely related to health, it’s easy to imagine the use of VR to better understand stressful situations and how to prevent it. The ability to embody a virtual avatar blurs the lines between what’s going on in the headset and what’s happening in real life.…"Using virtual reality could make you a better person in real life"
CLARAi (clinical augmented reality and artificial intelligence) is a experimental tool developed by the University of Michigan to measure and to show “pain level” as objectively as possible. It uses Microsoft HoloLens AR glasses to help physicians to visualize pain “on the head” of patient! Another great advantage of CLARAi is to possibility to transport it easily. It allows to use it almost everywhere. Red and blue dots were used to denote location and level…"Augmented Reality Perceives Real-Time Pain of Patients"
In this webinar from http://vr-intelligence.com/ you will find many interesting ways to use VR (and sometime AR) in healthcare. Don’t forget to join the http://vr-intelligence.com/ community to be awarded of new webinars and meeting (like VRX Conference and Expo (December 12-13, San Francisco)!"VR & AR for Healthcare & Pharma – Overcome Challenges, Find Opportunities and Drive ROI"
The United States Army will use soon an AR devices to train medical staff in realistic conditions. MedCognition will bring a set of scenarios related to medical operations in battlefield conditions. People will use it to be trained with real medical devices and, of course, with the feeling to be “on the field”. MedCognition will utilize its PerSim AR system to create military-specific trauma training modules for supporting tactical combat casualty care, as well as…"A Breakthrough in Medical Simulation for the Battlefield with PerSim"
In this article Jeremy Bailenson, co-producer of 1,000 Cut Journey movie talks about the real action of VR on people behavior, especially if they are “as though they are in the body of someone else”. The Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford University and the Cogburn Research Group at Columbia University shown that is possible to increase empathy for others with the use of virtual reality. The most important factor to get best results is the…"Is Virtual Reality the ultimate empathy machine for racism?"
In this study, authors demonstrate that the use of augmented reality improve the capacities of Alzheimer patient to do complex tasks. Even if the hardware (here they use Hololens from Microsoft) is not adapted to everyday life, this kind of assistance is really promising. In this crossover study, we used an augmented reality approach using a Microsoft HoloLens to support patients in a tea making task. During task execution, subjects received three-dimensional dynamic holograms of…"An augmented reality approach for ADL support in Alzheimer’s disease: a crossover trial"
Short after a fund raising, Medivis (New York) annonces that SurgicalAR plateform gets now the 510(K) Clearance from FDA. This “Premarket Notification” allows Medivis to deploy this solution across United States territory and increased the number of studies on its effectiveness. Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has received 510(k) clearance for clinical use in the operating room by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The New…"Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance"
In this short article, you will find how library of Churchill County High School use virtual reality to help students to understand sciences and technologies. And you will discover an unforeseen benefit with Evan, a 18-year-old autistic student. When Worthy learned the high school library had joined a group of early adopters in a virtual reality program — offered through the Nevada State Library — he brought Evans down to give it a try. Something…"Virtual reality makes real-world difference for high school student with autism"
In this article you will find a presentation of Holo4Labs tools and a description of potential uses of augmented reality in a science laboratory. This product is in fact a HMI (human-machine interface) to the software solution4labs. In HCS Pharma we have presented a very similar view of the future of laboratories at Forum Labo 2017 The laboratory of the future will be very different. Emerging technology is radically reshaping the way we tackle daily…"Mixed Reality Will Soon Be in the Service of Science Labs"
In this article of the New York Times, you can find a presentation of a study on lung cancer CT scans and how AI could help to detect specific nodules. With 6716 cases for the training set, the model shows more than 90% of success with “reductions of 11% in false positives and 5% in false negatives”. You note that Google team are deeply involved in this study. “The whole experimentation process is like a…"A.I. Took a Test to Detect Lung Cancer. It Got an A"
In this very interesting article, The Medical Futurist allows us ti better understand what is AI, which technologies are behind and, more important, what we can do now with it! AI technologies are close companions to visualisation technologies like VR ou AR. It’s very useful to study both of them to create most useful experiments. Navigating in the sea of information about artificial intelligence is tough. As everyone realized that the technologies leading to A.I.…"Understanding Machine Learning And Deep Learning In Medicine"
In this article a surgery team from Karolinska University Hospital explains the use of augmented reality in collaboration with Philips. Surgeons use real time images with digital overlay during operation to place spinal implants. This “navigation tool” allows a fantastic accuracy and a “3D position check” for implants directly in operation room. In spine surgery, one of the biggest challenges is to place implants in the vertebrae for the treatment of patients with spinal malformations,…"Augmented-reality navigation technology for precision surgery"
Cette application utilise des algorithmes d’analyse d’images pour déterminer instantanément le taux de stéatose d’un foie. Elle permet donc à un chirurgien d’estimer rapidement si l’organe est adapté à la transplantation. L’application est aujourd’hui utilisable sur un smartphone mais on peut facilement l’imaginer installée dans des lunettes de réalité augmentée utilisées par le chirurgien durant une intervention. L’idée de six associés comprenant chirurgiens, ingénieurs et commerciaux ? Faire appel au traitement d’image et à l’intelligence…"Stella Surgical, l’intelligence artificielle au service des greffes de foies"
Osso VR is a young Boston company which offer a VR solution to train orthopedic surgeons. In this article, Dr. Justin Barad, (CEO) explains how VR could also be use beyond initial training, to measure quantitatily skills for exemple. Training tests has been done and results are really impressive. Dr. Justin Barad hopes to extend perimeter of Osso VR simulations in the next few months to heart surgery. With Osso VR, those who are learning…"How Osso VR is Reshaping the Surgical Training Process"
This study was made on a sample of adult patients with painful wounds from deep or partial burns. Authors used an VR world called SnowWorld (developed at the University of Washington HITLab) to reduce pain perception. They showed that 39% less opioids were administered when IVR therapy used compared with wound procedures when IVR was not used. IVR during painful wound care procedures significantly reduced the amount of opioid medication administered during the procedure compared…"Randomized, Crossover Study of Immersive Virtual Reality to Decrease Opioid Use During Painful Wound Care Procedures in Adults"
The SUSAN Project is a learning experience using VR to help future nurse to develop their soft skills in a very particular situation : taking care of a patient with suicidal thoughts. The project is done in partnership with Somewhere Else VR company and a team of UCL MedTech Society. Working with Subject Matter Experts and Higher Education experts, SAGE identified a challenge in psychiatric nursing education : students needed a new way of practicing their…"A body-swapping VR experience for healthcare training for SAGE Publishing."
The first “cyberdelic incubator” is now open in Merbourne with the support of Australian Psychedelic Society. In this place, artists and scientists use VR to explore new states of consciousness. VR exposure therapy is even starting to be used to treat trauma, such as in the case of those who have experienced car accidents and who will be intentionally triggered – in a controlled environment – by a scene such as driving down a similar-looking…"Acid test: how psychedelic virtual reality can help end society’s mass bad trip"
Stayhealthy, a Californian company, has chosen to use AR to help children to better know their own body and health. With the application “Color Quest: an Art Adventure” they allow allow children to understand many things by gaming! The company has spent the last twenty years aggressively pursuing science-based research to define the best way to use advanced technologies to give people a better understanding of their own personal healthcare. With a new generation of…"Augmented Reality Positioned to Disrupt Children’s Health"
In this very interesting study about the use of AR as a way to encourage physical exercices, authors demonstrate that results are clear and mesured. AR helps the gamification of exercices and increase the implication of users. The immersion helps also to make exercices for a longer time. This study successfully showed that inexpensive easy-to-use AR systems can effectively contribute to exercise programs. Future game design recommendations, including feedback, mixed reality, and stress tracking, are…"Physiological Monitoring During Augmented Reality Exercise Confirms Advantages to Health and Well-Being"
With this application, researchers provide an easy way to train memory for people with Alzheimer’s disease. The tool could be also used to monitor patient illness evolution and to discover early element of spatial disorders for childs Researchers of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and the University of Zaragoza have developed an augmented reality app to assess spatial memory. Among its uses, it could be utilised for people with Alzheimer’s disease, as a tool…"Researchers develop new augmented reality app to assess spatial memory"
Christopher Morley, co-founder of Medivis, wants that surgeons see directly in 3D during operation and don’t be distracted by converting 2D medical picture to the “real world”. To do that, Medivis is developing a complete set of software and the company is working with Microsoft Hololens. With this fund raising, they will spread the Medivis platforme to more testing teams. Using the HoloLens, the SurgicalAR software precisely maps medical imaging onto a surgeon’s view of…"Medical Software Maker Medivis Closes $2.3 Million in Funding to Bring HoloLens to Surgical Platform"