VR & AR in Health Courses

Dive into the world of virtual & augmented reality in healthcare, building knowledge of technological advancements in the healthcare sector.

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VR stands for ‘virtual reality’ and generally refers to technology that provides a simulated experience of an immersive world.

When undergoing a VR experience, people usually wear a headset or some sort of hardware. These devices use tracking and 3D displays to create the illusion that users are in a different “world” and seeing or interacting with something that isn’t physically present.

AR stands for ‘augmented reality’ and involves a combination of real-world activity alongside computer-generated content. There are different applications of AR, such as a headset that covers your eyes or a handheld device with a camera (often a mobile phone).

When using AR, a virtual sensory experience is imposed onto real-world visuals, combined in a way that is a seamless experience. For example, when using an AR application on your phone, you might scan the room to see and interact with virtual objects or characters.

AR and VR can be used in a variety of ways by practitioners and patients in healthcare. Some of the most common uses are:

  • Training: AR and VR technologies are used by students to simulate an environment or situation, which students can explore and interact with
  • Patient education: AR and VR technologies are used to show patients what to expect in surgery or treatment, teaching them more about their situation
  • Psychological relief and treatment: VR technologies can be used to provide distraction and relief for patients in stressful situations
  • Body mapping: AR technologies can be used by surgeons, doctors, and nurses to render images of a patient’s body to prepare for surgeries and even 3D live-stream procedures to assist the professionals involved
  • Data visualisation: Enables patient statistics and information to be displayed in real-time

As technology evolves, the opportunities for AR and VR in healthcare will continue to grow and develop. Experts predict that medical professionals will be able to use med-tech to identify problems and provide care more quickly and efficiently than ever before.

In future, patients will also be able to use AR and VR to better communicate with medical professionals, understand their issues and support treatment and recovery.

Study the latest advancements in VR & AR in healthcare

Our courses on augmented reality in healthcare give you valuable insights into the changing world of digital technology and how VR & AR factor into medical training, patient care, and beyond.

We offer a variety of flexible online courses from the world’s top universities, covering everything from robotics and AI to digital health devices.

Discover how artificial intelligence is currently being used to support patients and learn how virtual reality may affect the healthcare sector through our variety of medical technology courses.

Discover how VR & AR is revolutionising healthcare

Courses about medical VR, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality are great resources for those currently working in healthcare. However, they can also be very useful for anyone interested in how engineering, design, and technology intersect with medicine.

By studying healthcare and medicine online, you can learn how to support patients with digital devices and new tech available today and explore how AR and VR could change the healthcare landscape in the future.

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