Patients undergoing unpleasant medical procedures can relieve pain by immersing themselves in stunning scenery.
The researchers showed that the use of virtual reality (VR) headphones that featured the beautiful Skogafoss waterfall in Iceland drastically reduced the pain of uncomfortable testing.
In addition to distracting patients, experts think that immersing them in VR can trigger body pain control systems.
The research compared patients with and without VR headsets with rigid cystoscopies, where a thin, hard vision tube is inserted through the urethra into the bladder. The results were presented this month at the annual congress of the European Association of Urology (UAE).
The diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer usually requires reviewing the bladder using a cystoscopy, which is often unpleasant and painful.
Dr. Wojciech Krajewski and colleagues at Wroclaw Medical