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Many times, we have talked about the potential of Mixed Reality - a unique technology halfway between the augmented reality and the virtual reality -, but perhaps it is still not clear what the innovative impact of such cutting-edge technology is, used in the healthcare sector! Let's see 5 revolutionary uses.
Mixed Reality in the learning process
Since Mixed Reality has been used in the healthcare sector, it has proved to be a valid ally already in the training phase.
Thanks to this revolutionary technology, in fact, specialists and young doctors can visualize the human body in 3D, interact virtually with it and practice with complex medical procedures through realistic and ultramodern simulations
, a real treasure for their educational and working baggage.
In fact, until a few years ago it was incredible to think that you could “have in your hands” an organ like a beating heart, enlarge it, observe it 360 degrees and dissect it virtually
or even simulate delicate surgeries in a realistic way only by wearing Mixed Reality viewers and by making simple hand gestures.
The observation of the organs and of the whole human anatomy in the smallest details, the possibility of studying them closely - as if they were really in front of us - and carrying out simulations, as well as representing a unique learning opportunity in its kind, it also reveals an important chance of progress for healthcare and for the whole society, which will be able to count on doctors who are increasingly prepared and ready for the hard task that awaits them.
A "smart" guide for doctors during surgeries
This technology is important also because it is able to give support to doctors during the complex surgeries
that they are required to perform every day.
Mixed Reality - and the specific viewers that use its potential - proves to be a useful support tool just because it is able to drive with additional content - added on reality - doctors during delicate surgical procedures or the implant of medical prosthesis that demand millimeter precision.
Mixed Reality that facilitates collaboration between doctors
Another promising use of Mixed Reality concerns the collaboration - even remotely - among the doctors who are treating a patient.
The doctor - through special viewers that use Mixed Reality and simple hand gestures - can visualize - on the display of the helmet he/she wears - the state of health of the patient in front of him/her, the relative virtual medical record
, the medical examinations carried out up to that moment and send, exchange and share such information in real time with other colleagues.
As you can imagine, this powerful technology not only saves time but also ensures constant collaboration among specialists - which means: a more timely and accurate patient care.
Ongoing cooperation between the doctor and the patient
Mixed Reality is also used to improve healthcare and to help patients after they have been released from the hospital.
With the help of applications and devices that use Mixed Reality, a doctor can involve the patient in the healthcare process and be available to provide the information he/she needs at any time.
At the same time, a patient can use this tool to consult his/her doctor - who almost becomes a virtual assistant - or use it as a virtual space to ask questions, receive advice and assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
All this, besides improving the collaboration between doctor and patient, guarantees real-time support services and continuous monitoring on the correct implementation of therapies or medical treatments that make everyone feel better!
Overcome phobias with Mixed Reality
If you still have any doubts about the benefits that Mixed Reality brings to the healthcare sector, here is another example.
Recently, more and more psychologists and psychiatrists are using Mixed Reality - and virtual reality
- as a therapeutic tool to treat anxiety, the symptoms of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, post-traumatic stress disorder and to combat addictions.
Thanks to the recreation of virtual scenarios,
sounds, smells and images associated with the traumatic event - or to anything the person perceives as a threat - and the immersive nature of the experience, patients - together with the therapist - can gradually learn to manage and control phobias such as fear of flying, crowds or water.
What happens is simple: the patient guided by the doctor is virtually dropped in a situation of stress that is familiar to him/her and begins to experience, in total safety, his/her own fears until they are overcome or controlled without reaching that excessive stress that can lead him/her to paralysis or to emotional collapse.