The use of virtual reality (VR) technology in the healthcare sector has grown in popularity, giving medical practitioners access to a variety of tools to improve patient care. According to the patent trend analysis by sector provided by Globaldata, healthcare IT, diagnostic imaging, and general surgery devices are the areas with the most patent applications from 2020 to 2023.

A variety of uses for virtual reality in digital health are possible. Mental health applications can be designed for patients to gain access to immersive surroundings that can help them manage their anxiety and depression symptoms, and they can also support mental health treatment. VR technology can also help with physical rehabilitation by offering fun, interactive activities that will help patients stay motivated and heal more quickly.

Diagnostic imaging in healthcare can be considerably improved by VR. Medical personnel can more efficiently view and interact with 3D medical pictures by employing VR technology, which can aid in the more accurate identification and diagnosis of medical disorders. Doctors can easily navigate around intricate 3D models of organs and other body parts using VR technology, zoom in and out, and even rotate them for clearer vision. With the use of this increased visualisation, doctors may be able to spot cancers, infections, and fractures earlier.

Lastly, in general surgery, VR offers a variety of advantages. Before performing surgeries on real patients, surgical teams can plan, practise, and mimic them using VR technology. By assisting doctors in visualising and pre-planning an operation, VR technology can also cut the chance of complications during surgery. With the aid of virtual reality, surgeons may thoroughly evaluate the surgical site, spot any potential problems, and develop a detailed plan for the most successful and productive procedure. This can speed up the healing process after surgery, cut down on recovery time, and shorten hospital stays.

In summary, VR has the ability to completely change the healthcare industry. It is already being utilised to lessen stress and anxiety, boost medical education, help with diagnostic imaging, and improve the results of rehabilitation. As VR technology develops, it is likely to be used in more healthcare settings, which will enhance patient outcomes and the standard of treatment.

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