Virtual Reality Technology Helps Amputees Feel Prosthetics as Part of Body

by Colleen Fleiss on  August 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM News on IT in Healthcare
RSS Email Print This Page Comment bookmark
Font : A-A+

New approach that combined virtual reality and artificial tactile sensations, amputees felt as though their prosthetic hand was part of their own body.
Virtual Reality Technology Helps Amputees Feel Prosthetics as Part of Body
Virtual Reality Technology Helps Amputees Feel Prosthetics as Part of Body

The results, published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, also showed that the phantom limb grows into the prosthetic hand.

Many amputees often opt out of prolonged use of their prosthetic limb because their own perception of the missing limb does not match up with what they see of the prosthesis.

"The brain regularly uses its senses to evaluate what belongs to the body and what is external to the body. We showed exactly how vision and touch can be combined to trick the amputee's brain into feeling what it sees, inducing embodiment of the prosthetic hand with an additional effect that the phantom limb grows into the prosthetic one," said Giulio Rognini from the EPFL.

"The setup is portable and could one day be turned into a therapy to help patients embody their prosthetic limb permanently," Rognini added.

For the study, the team provided artificial tactile sensations at the tip of the index finger -- of the phantom limb -- by stimulating the patient's nerve in the stump, in two hand amputees.

At the same time, the patient wore virtual reality goggles which showed the index finger of the prosthetic limb glowing in synchrony with the administered touch sensations.

This combination of virtual reality with artificial tactile sensations took the rubber-hand illusion to another level.

Both patients reported feeling as though the prosthetic hand belonged to their own body.

Source: IANS

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions
Advertisement

More News on:

Phantom Limb Syndrome Healthy Living 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Find a Doctor

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

News Category

News Archive