The metaverse is an alternative digital world, accessed by means of dedicated audiovisual devices. In this parallel world, various forms of artificial intelligence meet, including individuals in the form of digital copies of real people (avatars), able to interact socially. Metaverse in medicine may be used in many different ways. The possibility to perform surgery at a distance of thousands of miles separating the patient from the surgeon, who could have also the possibility to visualize in real-time patient's clinical data, including diagnostic images, obviously is very appealing. It would be also possible to perform medical treatments and to adopt pharmacological protocols on human avatars clinically similar to the patients, thus observing treatment effects in advance and significantly reducing the clinical trials duration. Metaverse may reveal an exceptional educational tool, offering the possibility of interactive digital lessons, allowing to dissect and to study an anatomical apparatus in detail, to navigate within it, not only to study, but also to see the evolution of the pathological process, and to simulate in advance surgical or medical procedures on virtual patients. However, while artificial intelligence is now an established reality in the clinical practice, the metaverse is still in its initial stages, and to figure out its potential usefulness and reliability, further developments are expected.

Massetti, M., Chiariello, G. A., The metaverse in medicine, <<EUROPEAN HEART JOURNAL SUPPLEMENTS>>, 2023; 25 (Suppl B): 104-107. [doi:10.1093/eurheartjsupp/suad083] [https://hdl.handle.net/10807/263534]

The metaverse in medicine

Massetti, Massimo;Chiariello, Giovanni Alfonso
2023

Abstract

The metaverse is an alternative digital world, accessed by means of dedicated audiovisual devices. In this parallel world, various forms of artificial intelligence meet, including individuals in the form of digital copies of real people (avatars), able to interact socially. Metaverse in medicine may be used in many different ways. The possibility to perform surgery at a distance of thousands of miles separating the patient from the surgeon, who could have also the possibility to visualize in real-time patient's clinical data, including diagnostic images, obviously is very appealing. It would be also possible to perform medical treatments and to adopt pharmacological protocols on human avatars clinically similar to the patients, thus observing treatment effects in advance and significantly reducing the clinical trials duration. Metaverse may reveal an exceptional educational tool, offering the possibility of interactive digital lessons, allowing to dissect and to study an anatomical apparatus in detail, to navigate within it, not only to study, but also to see the evolution of the pathological process, and to simulate in advance surgical or medical procedures on virtual patients. However, while artificial intelligence is now an established reality in the clinical practice, the metaverse is still in its initial stages, and to figure out its potential usefulness and reliability, further developments are expected.
2023
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Massetti, M., Chiariello, G. A., The metaverse in medicine, <<EUROPEAN HEART JOURNAL SUPPLEMENTS>>, 2023; 25 (Suppl B): 104-107. [doi:10.1093/eurheartjsupp/suad083] [https://hdl.handle.net/10807/263534]
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