Radiology: Prospects of virtual reality

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Carmen Lobitz
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What is virtual reality and how may the medical community benefit? Virtual reality is a simulated 3D environment that the user can inter-act with, and is often very closely modelled on reality. It is created using specially designed hardware and software.

There are different virtual realities: non-immersive, semi-immersive and fully immersive. A non-immersive virtual reality is one that is viewed through a computer screen, similar to video games. Semi-immersive virtual reality, which is similar to a flight simulator, can simulate reality by including some physical movement. Fully immersive virtual reality goes further. Both VR are accessible through goggles, helmets, gloves, or similar devices. Virtual reality has not only made its way into the world of gaming, but is also turning out to be a valuabletool in the healthcare sector. Surgeons can use it to prepare for operations by familiarizing themselves with the exact procedures they need to perform. In this way, they can explain the procedure to the patient. They can also refresh and deep…

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