5 Ways Virtual and Augmented Reality Are Changing Medicine

Source: Thinkstock

Source: Thinkstock

Especially after Facebook’s famous acquisition of Oculus VR, you probably associate virtual reality exclusively with video games. But the technology that creates immersive, three-dimensional virtual environments has huge potential not only for the creation of captivating entertainment experiences, but also for changing how fields like medicine have traditionally worked. From head-mounted displays to five-walled environments, and from computer-based solutions to Google Glass, here are five different experiments that have demonstrated how virtual and augmented reality are already changing the way that diseases and chronic conditions are diagnosed and treated.