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Virtual Reality in Patient-Physician Relationships

Virtual Reality in Patient-Physician Relationships
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Author(s): Haoyu Liu (City University of Macau, China), Bowen Dong (City University of Macau, China) and Pi-Ying Yen (Macau University of Science and Technology, China)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 22
Source title: Cases on Virtual Reality Modeling in Healthcare
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Yuk Ming Tang (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China), Ho Ho Lun (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China) and Ka Yin Chau (City University of Macau, China)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8790-4.ch004


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The chapter examines the applications of virtual reality (VR) in patient-physician relationships. Specifically, this chapter focuses on three-dimensional medical imaging that facilitates explanation purposes. Though the literature on VR in medicine exists, the discussion of applying VR in patient-physician relationships, an immensely important topic of medicine, is sparse. The authors present a case of VR application in orthopedics to demonstrate how this technology promotes patient-physician relationships and, as a result, affects the medical industry. The opportunities and challenges of applying VR to medicine are also discussed. This chapter contributes to better incorporating VR into treatment and understanding the impact of emerging technologies on medicine.

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