How Will Augmented Reality Technology Shape the Future of Healthcare?

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When you think about technology like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), the first things that probably come to your mind are entertainment and video games — in particular, games and entertainment that simulate the real world (or an imagined one) in a highly realistic way. And while VR and AR are certainly transforming the entertainment industry, these technologies also have valuable uses in a wide variety of different (and potentially surprising) fields, including healthcare.

Many companies are starting to use both VR and AR in ways that are redefining what’s possible when it comes to medical care, available treatments and patient education. Techniques and equipment that might have seemed like the stuff of science fiction novels just a few decades ago are now the future of healthcare. And they have the potential to change not only the ways we receive care but also how we think about our health.