Patients of the who are treated for cancer, can prepare better for their radiation therapy with a VR app. They get a virtual tour over the radiation ward and through the proton centre of the UMCG. The aim is to get the patients better informed about their treatment. The app is meant for children and adults and can be used for both proton and photon therapy.
The UMCG hopes to take possible fear for radiation away, and to make the preparation of patients for especially proton radiation efficient. A person who undergoes radiation, can feel vulnerable, alone in the radiation room with impressive machines and unfamiliar noises. Before starting the radiation, there's a lot of preparation.
The virtual tour prepares patients for all of this. It leads them, amongst others, along the CT space for making a scan, the mould room, where aids are made for a good positioning, such as a pillow for under the legs or a fixation mask, and the recovery room, where small children can wake up slowly after their radiation and anesthesia.