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VR rehabilitation system created in Russia will speed up recovery after stroke by 30%

Source: TASS

Specialists of the Competence Center of the National Technological Initiative on the basis of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU, Vladivostok) begins clinical trials of a hardware-software system for the rehabilitation of stroke patients, using the technology of virtual and augmented realities. This was announced to TASS on Thursday by the press service of the Russian Venture Company. 

“The FEFU Medical Center has received permission to conduct clinical trials of the rehabilitation software-hardware system using virtual and augmented reality technologies and two-way communication interfaces developed by the NTI Competence Center in Neurotechnology, virtual and augmented reality technologies (VR / AR) at FEFU. The product will increase the speed of rehabilitation of patients after stroke by more than a quarter and reduce the period of functional recovery by 30%, as well as the time spent in the hospital. The game scenarios used by the system will provide better motivation for patients and more active participation in the rehabilitation process,” TASS was told by the press service of the RVC. 

Over 30 patients will participate in clinical trials. Among them will be people who have suffered an ischemic stroke with complications in the form of a neurological deficit. Study participants will perform sets of exercises in a suit with the Teslasult feedback function. Motivation will be supported by a specially selected motivational content reproduced in virtual reality. The hardware-software system will also include programs for diagnosing the condition of the musculoskeletal system of a patient who has had a stroke. The rehabilitation course is designed for 10-12 days. 

“This is the initial stage, but we have received confirmation that the immense work on the development of the rehabilitation software-hardware system was not in vain. I am sure that soon the method will be approved by the Ministry of Health, and it can be widely used, and introduced into rehabilitation practice,” the RVC’s press center quotes the Project Supervisor Tatyana Kantur, Ph.D. Scientists plan to get the first trial results at the end of the year. 

The NTI Competence Center “Neurotechnology, technologies of virtual and augmented reality” (VR / AR) is one of the 14 centers of competence of the National Technological Initiative, and is engaged in the development of biotechnology. Each Center unites universities, research centers and innovative enterprises to create end-to-end technologies that will be in demand in new global markets in 15-20 years.; The Russian Venture Company is the operator of the project to create the NTI Competence Center.