Using VR to reduce anxiety in hospital patients

Cineon is working with University of Exeter psychologists and University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust to develop an innovative new tool to help anxious patients.

It is estimated that as many as 70,000 MRI scanning appointments per year are missed due to anxiety or claustrophobia.

A new virtual reality exposure treatment tool will help to reduce stress and anxiety in patients, by allowing them to experience the sounds and sights of the MRI scanner. If effective, the tool has the potential to lead to better MRI scanning results and improved health care for patients.

The partnership has received initial funding to begin creating a proof-of-concept prototype, pictured here.