Virtual reality was the use of computer modeling to create a three-dimensional visual environment and was mostly used for entertainment purposes. It was recently introduced into healthcare.
According to Forbes magazine, virtual reality has already been adopted in therapy, where it was used to treat patients with phobias and anxiety disorders.
Virtual reality had also helped with surgeries by providing a way to prepare for upcoming medical procedures.
According to news-medical.net, virtual reality was useful in planning complex operations beforehand, as it allowed the surgical team to walk through the whole surgery and rehearse their planned intervention.
Virtual reality in healthcare had downsides as well.
According to The National Center for Biotechnology Information, one challenge with using VR in healthcare was its effects on face-to-face communications between the physician and patient. Without the direct supervision from a healthcare provider, patients could hurt themselves.
Whether the new virtual reality technology in healthcare was beneficial or not, the new editions will become more prominent in everyday healthcare situations.