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The Social MEDia Course: Virtual Reality in Medicine

From Second Life to virtual reality
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Bertalan Mesko, MD

on 10 February 2015

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Transcript of The Social MEDia Course: Virtual Reality in Medicine

Virtual Reality in Medicine
Bertalan Mesko, MD, PhD
Medical Futurist
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Take home messages
There are solutions for collaboration when geographical limitations arise.
Second Life is a widely used virtual world, but there are many others as well!
Choose the right platform for the right purpose!
Virtual reality is only an additional platform for communication.
Thank you for the attention!
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Why do we need a virtual world?
Geographical
limitations
Advanced
collaboration
Free conferences with archives
Cost-effective form of communication
Let's design a virtual world for medical education and communication where avatars can meet, share materials and talk.
Let's combine
A community
+
Learning materials
+
Simulations
+
Communication
Number of virtual worlds
Income from virtual worlds
One of the most popular virtual realms
Secondlife.com
Over
21 million
registered accounts
and
over
30 million
hours spent in-world

since
June 23, 2003
(official launch)
1999
2010
2008
June, 2003
History of Second Life
Philip Rosedale formed Linden Lab
Inspired by the metaverse of Neal Stephenson's novel Snow Crash
Official launch
Second Life was honored at the 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards "for advancing the development of online sites with user-generated content".
maximum concurrency (number of avatars inworld)
recorded is 88,200
2009
Linden Labs announced layoffs of 30% of its workforce
What does Second Life mean to people?
Money
In 2007, a ban on gambling in Second Life was enacted to ensure compliance with applicable US laws.
Game
Location
Work
Interactive models
Appearance
Fun
Demonstration
Demonstration
Sport
1-2) Registration and Log-in
3) Orientation
You'll find free materials and feel free to ask for help
Avatars
Educational
purpose
Medical
outfit
Alteregos
Weirdos
What can you do?
Fly

Teleport

Use vehicles

Create animations

Sell-buy things

Build
Communication?
Chat box

Instant Messaging
(private)

Voice chat

Video

E-mail
Advantages
Disadvantages
Non-controllable content

Driven by money
(has its own currency)

Needs serious hardware

Hard to use, takes time

Not that real

3D environment

Fast communication

Video, audio, images, animations

Somewhat real presence!

Endless opportunities
(cross-platform)

Second Life avatar moves if user rides the bicycle in real life
Alternative to Second Life
Visuland.com
Takes about 30 seconds to enter the virtual world
Other virtual reality-serious gaming solutions
Wii-habilitation
Wii-training
Surgeons train and learn hand skills with Wii
In post-stroke state and many conditions affecting elderly people
Medicine Meets Virtual Reality
conferences showcase the latest trends
Force-feedback on biopsy simulations
Data collection of eye movements of dentists
XBOX training for endoscopic procedures
Virtual rooms for drug addicts
Video controlled intubation
Simulations for post traumatic stress disorder
How doctors and students use it?
Ann Myers Medical Center
ammc.wordpress.com
Giving presentations since 2006
Presenting cases
First, students have to wash their hands before examining the patient
Radiology imaging
Cardiac murmurs and lung sounds
Heart rate and other parameters
Microscopic images
Family history
Cardiac murmurs
Imperial College of London
Science Foo Camp (event organized at Googleplex) Lives On
Presentations, posters
Typing and talking during talks
Topics from genomics to blogging covered
Genome Island
An island dedicated to the teaching of genetics was created by Mary Anne Clark ("Max Chatnoir" in Second Life) who is a Professor of Biology at Texas Wesleyan University
Models are connected to online information resources
Ontario Health Center
Could perform residency interviews in SL
Educational simulations are included (e.g. CPR training)
Sexual Health Sim
People can "wear" skin conditions
How can patients use it?
Healthinfo Island
Links to support groups
Educational materials
Virtual Support Centers
OpenSim
An open source alternative to Second Life that can be hosted on your own servers and thus run behind the firewall.
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