Application of virtual reality technology in clinical medicine

Am J Transl Res. 2017 Sep 15;9(9):3867-3880. eCollection 2017.


The present review discusses the application of virtual reality (VR) technology in clinical medicine, especially in surgical training, pain management and therapeutic treatment of mental illness. We introduce the common types of VR simulators and their operational principles in aforementioned fields. The clinical effects are also discussed. In almost every study that dealt with VR simulators, researchers have arrived at the same conclusion that both doctors and patients could benefit from this novel technology. Moreover, advantages and disadvantages of the utilization of VR technology in each field were discussed, and the future research directions were proposed.

Keywords: Virtual reality; clinical medicine; pain management; psychological diseases; surgical training.

Publication types

  • Review