A group of scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University and Siberian State Medical University is developing a system for early diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's disease, based on virtual reality technologies.
The diagnostic system consists of augmented reality glasses, a non-contact motion sensor and a moving platform. The patient finds himself in virtual reality, where the environment periodically changes the slope. At this time, the motion sensor records changes in the state of the tested person. A person without disabilities quickly adapts to the virtual environment and maintains a stable position, while a person with disabilities cannot adapt and loses balance. The system has already been tested on 50 volunteers.
Scientists plan to complete technical work on the project in 2017. The creators of the system believe that in the future it will be possible to use it not only for the diagnosis of diseases, but also for the rehabilitation of patients.
Virtual reality technologies are increasingly used to educate doctors and diagnose diseases: we recently wrote that Australian scientists have created a three-dimensional model of a cancer cell the size of a person, through which a person can wander, wearing VR glasses. The author of this project is also working on the construction of a 3D image of the arteries of patients with a heart attack or stroke, based on MRI data.