Contribution of volumetric video for medical training purposes
A fully digitized medical training, with volumetric professionals? No avatars, only real people. Medical trainings are practiced by people in a physical training area, but this area can only access a certain amount of people and the travel time can be quite long for some. So, why don’t bring the training to the trainees? In this newsletter we will discuss how a virtual world with realistic three-dimensional people in it can contribute to medical training purposes and which projects already benefit from it!
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Quick action saves lives, literally. In the medical industry, time is crucial and every second counts. Luckily, there are many trainings that teaches the ABCDE-method1 for emergency situations or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (i.e., CPR). The most valuable aspect in these medical trainings are the people; the trainers who teach the trainees the right protocols, and the trainees who will have to use it in real life situations. Unfortunately, there is a flipside to that coin … even though people are the most valuable aspect of these trainings, they are also very expensive, there is a maximum limit of how many trainees can join. Plus, there is a big chance that not everyone is able to participate at the same date (or time), which can cause planning problems.
So, instead of bringing trainers and trainees to a physical trainings area (which causes unnecessary time, money and exhaust gases), you can bring a fully digitized training to the trainees. In this case, the trainers or instructors are virtual replaced and reach a lot more interested trainees to spread their knowledge! So, to prevent unnecessary time, money and a lot of exhaust gases, and increase quality, a few projects joined the world of virtual reality and volumetric video capturing!
1 The ABCDE-method is method in which the life-threatening injuries are treated first, followed by the secondary and tertiary injuries. "Treat first what kills first".
Did you know that ~75% of the thousands of people that are resuscitated daily, are performed by regular folk? Velicus created an immersive Mixed Reality CPR Course, to reach & teach this lifesaving skill to as much people as possible! People can learn independently and as much as they want, which can highly increase the chance of being able to save someone in real life. With the HoloLens 2, a pair of mixed reality glasses, you’ll see a victim projected on top of a resuscitation manikin. You’ll be guided through the entire CPR-course with volumetric 3D video instructions, audio tips & visual feedback, while performing the actions yourself. The realism of the volumetric video and the 3D models paint a good picture of what its like in a real-life scenario. This increases the feeling of being prepared for when it actually happens.
A medical VR- training with volumetric professionals
The medical VR-training, which is called THRIVE joined the Chronosphere research program. An experimental program where the possibilities of volumetric video capturing are being explored. The training of THRIVE already added a VR-area in their realistic simulation before joining Chronosphere. A disability toilet has been simulated in this VR-training, because this is realistic place (a small place) where an emergency can happen. Even though, the simulated area felt realistic, the human part and their impulses were missing. As a medical trainee you must deal with unforeseen circumstances, a frightened husband, a crying toddler or a panicking daughter. So, in this case we added another valuable aspect to these digitized trainings, i.e., the volumetric video capturing aspect. THRIVE decided to add volumetric medical professionals in this VR-training, the patient, the doctor, a medical assistant and a panicking daughter.
Through a VR-headset the trainee can stand anywhere he wants to analyze the situation, because every (small) acts needs to be done correctly. Because volumetric video captures every human emotion and act in the smallest details, the credibility and the quality can heavily be increased for the trainees. The recognition in real life-situations is incredibly big because of VR-simulations like this. It’s the newest form of VR-based learning with volumetric medical professionals, an inspiring new way to educate trainees.
Volumetric video capturing isn’t just only valuable for gaming, music, marketing or entertainment industries. It can also be very valuable to the health care industry and increase the effectiveness and the joy of learning and training. If a small group of education- and training centers pushes their limits in the world of virtual reality and volumetric video capturing, it can inspire others to a new immersive format of education and training!