The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly accelerated the adoption of technology in various industries. Healthcare, in particular, has seen a significant shift toward digitalization. The metaverse, a combination of virtual and augmented reality, has played a crucial role in this transition. It has revolutionized surgical procedures, particularly robotic surgeries, and holds great potential for shaping the future of healthcare.
In this blog, we will explore how the metaverse is currently aiding in surgeries and its implications for the future of healthcare. We will also delve into the various healthcare developments related to the metaverse and Virtual Reality (VR). Keep reading to learn more.
Robotic Surgeries in the Metaverse and the Fate of Healthcare
The case study of Johns Hopkins University
In June 2020, Neurosurgeons at Johns Hopkins University performed the first-ever Augmented Reality (AR) surgery on a live patient. The patient, who had severe, incapacitating back pain, underwent two procedures: the first in which six screws were used to fuse three vertebrae in the spine, and the second in which a malignant tumor was removed from the patient’s spine. In addition, the surgeons wore headsets with see-through eye displays that displayed the patient’s internal anatomy based on Computed Tomography (CT) scans completed beforehand.
This advancement in technology highlights how Virtual Reality and the Metaverse are revolutionizing the field of surgery and surgical methods. Additionally, there are predictions of healthcare that are worth exploring in detail.
Multiple reports describe the future of robotic surgery. In this context, BBC reported that The Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde offer robotic surgery.
The report further says that Prof Roxburg explained
“Patient care and recovery times have significantly improved, thanks to robotic surgery.
“Additionally, it lowers infections, readmission rates, blood transfusions, problems, and imaging evaluations.
Furthermore, according to another BBC report, surgeons can teach trainee doctors. This happens with the help of video devices and a cloud-based platform. For example, surgeons can tell trainee doctors how to use surgical instruments and what to perform.
Dr. Rosin Johnson said she could quickly check and understand what was happening in the operation theatre.
So, these reports and statements describe that the future of robotic surgery is bright.
The metaverse and the fate of surgery
The idea of remote procedures, which might be carried out with a considerably better degree of accuracy and precision than ever before, is the most evident impact of the metaverse on healthcare. In addition, by using augmented reality, surgeons can speed up and improve surgical processes while simultaneously viewing 3D views of organs and tissues in real-time. Furthermore, doctors can thoroughly understand the patient’s anatomy without having to do surgery by developing a digital twin of the patient’s body.
This is how the surgical procedures would be more smooth and more accurate.
The metaverse and radiology
Radiological imaging is one field of medicine that will benefit from the metaverse’s immersive visual capabilities, offering up new possibilities like:
- Increased picture manipulation and viewing.
- Watch moving images for extra information to help with disease or injury diagnosis.
- When using, 3D medical images promote close coordination between physicians.
Key factors when performing surgery in the metaverse
Perform the surgery in the metaverse requires some essential instruments and devices:
- One should have a pertinent virtual space to perform surgical tasks.
- Some instruments and devices are also imperative. In this regard, appropriate surgical instruments, virtual reality headsets, glasses, and other devices are necessary.
- It depends upon the type of surgery and multiple other factors determining your list of required gadgets.
The metaverse, a vast virtual world, revolutionizes healthcare by improving surgical procedures and medical training. Studies have shown that this technology is the future of healthcare worldwide. Its applications range from robotic surgery to training new surgeons. Additionally, doctors can give detailed instructions to their colleagues on the use of surgical instruments and other important information in a virtual setting.