«The radiology department at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has gained a digital twin to help reassure young patients and prepare them for a visit to the department.»

«The fully immersive, 3D replica of the department was built by PixelMax. It is hoped the virtual world will result in fewer delays and missed appointments by allowing children to experience the surroundings virtually to gain confidence ahead of a visit to the hospital.»

«The metaverse was developed in collaboration with the innovation team at Alder Hey and allows young patients to explore the surroundings and interact with the specialist devices used in the department – all from the comfort of their own homes.»

«As well as a chance to familiarise themselves with their surroundings, patients at Alder Hey will also be able to collect glowing key cards within the virtual world. These will allow them to access different areas of the online environment. There’s also the opportunity to win virtual badges for learning how equipment, such as x-ray machines and MRI scanners, work.»

«Alder Hey Innovation clinical director Iain Hennessey, said: “Our objective is to use the most advanced technologies to solve real-world healthcare challenges.»»

Article written by Cora Lydon



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