Imagine a scenario where a cardiovascular specialist in New Delhi is preparing to perform a heart transplant on a patient in New York. He dons his VR headset and is immediately transported to the midst of his team standing by in the operating theater. He then proceeds to guide them from the comfort of his office desk with successful results. Thanks to the advancements made in the field of healthcare through XR, this scenario is not far from reality. And this is just a glimpse of what XR has to offer. A prosthetic surgeon could conduct an emergency procedure on an accident victim while in the back of his taxi cab on the way to a conference.
Using XR, surgeons can ‘explore’ the human body and get a more accurate look at target organs in clear detail. X-rays, too, perform the same function. However, X-rays don’t always provide an accurate representation.
VR can be used to create a simulated environment where stroke patients can re-learn real life functions. It can even be used to help those suffering from phobias by providing a controlled setting in which they can face their fears.
XR can provide medical students with an opportunity to put their skills to the test in a hands-on, ‘risk free’ environment. In addition, being real-time, students will be able to get instant feedback, preparing them for the real world in a shorter time.