The project VR-RLX focuses on the idea of using Virtual Reality technology to reduce stress and anxiety of patients before and during MRI examinations. Though the medical examination in MRI scanners is harmless, many patients - especially children - often react with strong defense reactions. Hence, the use of sedatives is a common medication-based approach to relax children despite of the many side effects of anaesthetics.
Developing effective strategies to reduce anxiety and stress by identifying and implementing immersive media will be the main task for the core concept of this project. For the use of VR in MRI scanners, this project aims to introduce a special MRI-suitable Head Mounted Display (HMD) that will allow creating an immersive and playful virtual environment, thus a joyful experience regardless of the oppressing narrowness and deafening sounds of an MRI.
Medintec, MRI Star, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Universitätsklinikum Essen
development and production of main characters for preparatory VR app (before the MRI examination) animation of characters via motion capturing (OptiTrack) production of environments, characters and props for main VR application used inside the MRI design of supplementary material for patients and parents