How virtual reality could help treat stroke patients

08 November 2018

Med-Tech Innovation News web content editor Ian Bolland went to check out the technology that could be used to rehabilitate stroke patients in the future.

Virtual reality could be used to rehabilitate stroke patients if trials are successful thanks to work undertaken by experts at the University of Chester.

The Medical Graphics team at the university, in partnership with the Countess of Chester Hospital and 3D scanning firm Cadscan, have developed a method of using virtual reality in order for patients to relearn certain tasks.

The project is currently at the start of its two-year funding period from Innovate UK. The first six months will be spent developing software prior to the trial and if the trial is successful then Cadscan could commercialise it and market it to the NHS.

Scenarios that have been developed so far include putting bread into a toaster, pouring water from a jug into a glass and applying toothpaste to a brush with scope for more.

A trial using 60 patients will take place that will last for 12 months involving a more professional version of the application they have currently developed. The aim is that virtual reality can be used to compliment other aspects of rehabilitation – with one of the knock-on effects potentially saving the NHS money.

Read the full article here