While the exact mechanism of action is unclear beyond its ability to distract and force literal changes of perspective, studies by Hoffman, et. Al. have done some very interesting work looking at the neural correlates of virtual analgesia using fMRI, and showing significantly reduced pain-related brain activity in important regions including the anterior cingulate cortex, primary and secondary somatosensory cortex, insula, and thalamus (7). Similarly, exposure therapy utilizing virtual reality has shown to Asher Marks…"Virtual Reality: Looking to the Future of Telehealth"
In this article Erik Maltais, CEO of Immertec, lists all benefits of VR in the training of future surgeons. Of course it allows to make training more accessible but also amplifies the disponibility of very high skilled surgeons. “The benefit of virtual reality is that you could provide that experience as if someone’s present,” said Maltais, meaning trainees and mentors don’t always need to be flown around the world or country on overnight trips just…"Why the future of surgery training could start with a VR headset"
Virtual reality and other immersive technologies has many uses in healthcare, and you can discovers some applications here. Medical virtual reality goes entirely against conventional beliefs about technology making healthcare less human, less empathetic and less caring. Virtual reality teaches empathy to med students, makes vaccination for children more sufferable, helps get rid of fears by treating phobias, relieves chronic pain or fulfills the last wishes of the dying. Source: How Does Medical Virtual Reality…"How Does Medical Virtual Reality Make Healthcare More Pleasant? "