Virtual reality helps radiology department reduce paitient anxiety during contrast delivery

Aug 29, 2021 Radiology Updates

Using virtual reality has helped one radiology department significantly reduce patients’ pain and anxiety tied to peripheral IV catheter placement, according to research.

Children can experience considerable discomfort and distress during the insertion of these devices, used for administering contrast agents, among other things. However, the University of California, Los Angeles, has found early success using a multisensory VR game to help calm kids during their imaging encounter.

Lead author Jeffrey Gold, PhD, and colleagues see promise using this technology in other aspects of radiology and beyond.

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