Virtual Reality (VR) technology in the absence of general anaesthesia during radiotherapy procedure for paediatric oncology patients

Joint Event on 18th International Conference on Pediatrics Health & 2nd Edition of International Conference on Adolescent Health & Medicine
August 06-07, 2018 Madrid, Spain

Faisal Ashour

National Guard Health Affairs, Saudi Arabia

Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Pediatr Care

DOI: 10.21767/2471-805X-C3-012


VR is a three-dimensional (3D) computer-generated environment that enables the user to explore and interact within a different environmental perspective. It could be in the form of a realistic-artificial environment or a 3D imaging that is presented to the user as a real atmosphere with made-up information. The VR has-been considered as a non-pharmacologic form of analgesia through exerting attention processes on the body’s intricate pain system. It does so through profoundly immersing the body and mind by delivering enough sensory information to the extent where it suspense any disbelief that one is in a virtual environment. The aim of the study is to eliminate the General Anaesthesia (GA) procedure used on paediatric oncology patients undergoing multiple fractions of Radiotherapy. We aimed to utilise the VR technology as a replacement for the GA. Typically, the radiotherapy session under GA takes around 30 minutes from the machine time and that session can be repeated daily for several weeks. As a result, VR Technology was an excellent alternative in most of the patients treated with radiotherapy for non-Head/Brain Tumours. There were significant reductions on the number of the GA sessions. That reductions have a great impact on reducing side effect of GA and save more time on the Radiotherapy machine that can be used to treat more patients.

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