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Virtual Reality for Radiology Phobias

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Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning’s (OHIL) VA Immersive team utilizes virtual reality (VR) to reduce stress and improve relaxation in Veterans with fear and anxiety related to radiology procedures. The VR-based experience allows Veterans to practice completing an MRI session and/or learn mindfulness and relaxation techniques to help reduce anxiety. These experiences help minimize fear and uneasiness, while also teaching helpful skills.

This innovation is replicating across multiple facilities as its impact continues to be validated. See more replicating innovations.



  • Pre to post Subjective Units of Distress Scale (SUDs) scores
  • Medication utilization
  • Veteran and clinician experiences

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