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Eye-Tracking VR Technology to Make MRI a New Experience


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A virtual reality headset.

Researchers from Kings College London have created a novel interactive virtual reality system to be used by patients during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams.

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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans could become less stressful for patients thanks to a novel interactive virtual reality (VR) system designed by researchers at King's College London in the U.K.

The researchers developed a VR headset that patients can wear safely while inside an MRI scanner, presenting an immersive virtual environment for the duration of the procedure that effectively eliminates any sense of being inside the scanner.

Patients can navigate the VR environment via eye gaze, selecting content like films and games, playing games, and activating or deactivating a video link to a companion/caregiver.

Said King’s College London’s Tomoki Arichi, “We are very excited about the possibilities that this system opens up for vulnerable and important populations like children and those with difficulties which might mean they can’t normally have an MRI scan without being put to sleep.”

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