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VR Improves MRI Experience and Outcome for Patients

The rate of successful MRI scans in patients under the age of 5 is just 50%.

If you’ve ever had an MRI scan, you know things can get a little claustrophobic in there. Thankfully, a recent Medgadget article reported that a team of researchers has developed a virtual reality system intended to distract patients for a more enjoyable experience. During the scan, the patient wears a VR headset that responds to eye movement, allowing the patient to play games, watch videos, or interact with a caregiver over a video link.

The technology is intended to calm and keep children and other vulnerable patients still to increase the likelihood of a successful scan. A video demonstration of the eye tracking system can be seen here

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