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In this modern world of technology, fewer breakthroughs were more anticipated than the arrival of virtual reality services. While video games prior to the 21st century dabbled in the concept, this new wave of crystal clear, high definition visuals are a different beast entirely. A recent article has run down the five most revolutionary uses of VR technology in the medical field, as summarized in the list below.

1. The bar for precision and finesse has been raised for surgeons, as recent VR apparatuses have allowed medical professionals to remotely carry out a surgery with pin point accuracy that comes the closest to real-time execution as the field has ever seen. Cancer surgeon Shafi Ahmed carried out the first procedure in 2016, to the tumultuous applause of the medical community at large.

2. Chronic patients face a different, more arduous set of obstacles than most do in their everyday lives. Being that many chronic patients are constrained to their rooms or facilities, virtual reality interfaces have proven to boost the morale of patients who would otherwise be crawling up the walls in anticipation of their release date.

3. In addition to the every day stress that adult patients are prone to while under medical care, children tend to feel that same sense of discomfort and be affected by it tenfold. The link between video games and children has strengthened throughout the years, making VR technology something of a logical course of progression.

4. Virtual Reality technology in the medical field has even allowed the staff and personnel involved to benefit on an empathetic level. Enrichment of empathy as well as first-hand experience are at stake when physicians are allowed to experience levels of motor control similar to their elderly charges thanks to VR technology.

5. When a patient has a stroke, they are sometimes in need of rehabilitative therapy to regain the cognitive skills and mental stability that they had prior to it. Virtual reality technology serves as a type of mental therapy for victims of strokes and other debilitating illnesses.

The future doesn’t have to be like I, Robot. Thanks to recent VR breakthroughs in the medical field, there are previously unexplored avenues of rehabilitation, therapy, and healthcare. With any luck, this progress will be expanded upon at length.