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Not Science Fiction: Virtual Reality Systems Find Manifold Uses in Healthcare, Says New Report
ROCKVILLE, Md., May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — A medical student “operates” on a virtual patient. A surgeon sees an “augmented” vision of a patient with holograms and consults from other surgeons. A computer draws specific section of bone for surgical planning. Healthcare market research firm Kalorama Information estimates that the virtual reality in healthcare market in the United States grew from $525 million in 2012 to an estimated $976 million in 2017. The US virtual reality and augmented reality in healthcare market is expected to grow at roughly that level, according to Kalorama Information’s report, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) Market in Healthcare.
“The term ‘virtual reality’ is used in different contexts,” says Kalorama’s analyst Emil Salazar, the author of the firm’s report. “Broadly, virtual reality is the means or capability to visualize and manipulate, or otherwise interact with, digital data representative of a real-world entity or environment. These digital data representatives are called virtual environments or VEs. VEs in healthcare would be an operating room, surgical site, patient anatomy, or therapeutic simulation.”
The predominant markets for VR in healthcare and AR in healthcare are in surgery, medical education, professional training in healthcare, physical rehabilitation, pain management, and behavioral therapy. The report identifies scores of applications for virtual reality in healthcare, which include the following:
Kalorama Information’s report, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) Market in Healthcare (U.S. Markets for Surgery; Medical Education and Training; Pain Management, Rehabilitation and Therapy) has specific market sizes and forecasts for these segments, and talks about companies in the market, as well as other trends. The report can be found at: https://www.kaloramainformation.com/Virtual-Reality-Augmented-10842101/
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