VR in the Operating Room

VR in the Operating Room

What if you could pull back the curtain during open heart surgery? How about taking an immersive journey through the anatomy of the eye? Or being able to practice inserting a life-saving device? That is all within reach now, thanks to our ever-advancing innovative technology. Virtual reality (VR) is revolutionizing the medical industry in many ways and making it possible to go behind the scenes in the operating room. VR can be used for diagnosis, treatment, surgery, rehabilitation and physical therapy. It also offers invaluable opportunities when it comes to training and education.

In third world countries, for example, there are a wide range of infectious diseases – and not enough medical training programs for help. Funding for global health research has grown, but only a fraction of it is actually used to fight these diseases in poor nations. That’s where VR comes in! With it, up-to-date training and information can be provided for doctors and medical workers in different countries. VR can be used for remote assistance in surgeries, as well as comprehensive diagnosis and tele-medicine.

The ability to bring virtual reality innovations to developing countries is life changing. It can greatly improve the healthcare system for those in rural communities who cannot see a doctor due to distance or cost. Of course, it offers a faster and cheaper training alternative for a range of medical professionals across the world – and it is shown to increase speed and accuracy, improve the learning curve and reduce medical errors. In fact, a recent study found that surgical residents with VR training were about 330 percent faster in surgical dissections than those without VR training.

Along with medical training, education is another important way in which VR can be utilized. Recently, Elara completed a VR experience for the Alcon booth at AAO, the Academy of Ophthalmology’s annual conference. Together they created a live action shoot, using actors to generate excitement and kickoff their project. The VR experience consisted of a five-minute immersive journey through the eye, designed to educate viewers as well as inspire attendees. It demonstrated the potential of VR learning and experiential education in the future.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to medical virtual reality. Whether it’s training in a third world country, interactive animation within a doctor’s office or practical application in a conference presentation, Elara can produce awe-inspiring VR content that sheds light on complex topics and procedures. Elara has more than 18 years of experience blending creativity with technology to capture the attention and imagination of audiences.

To learn more about how they can help you tell a story, share a product or explain a topic or procedure, contact Elara today.

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