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Virtual & Augmented Reality

Learn about Virtual and Augmented Reality, and services available at the Nexus Collaborative Learning Lab!


This Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) resource guide is intended to supplement the Reality Lab at The Nexus Collaborative Learning Lab at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library. Here you will find a basic introduction to VR and AR, information about the VR service currently available at the Nexus Collaborative Learning Lab, and educational resources for you to learn more.

If you'd like to schedule a VR session in the RLML (Ruth Lilly Medical Library) Makerspace, please use the Makerspace Reservation form or contact the Nexus Manager, Cassandra Jones, at

If you have any questions, or are interested in learning more, please email the library's Tech Team at


Virtual and Augmented Reality are being used in some of the following ways in the medical field:

  1. Medical Practice: These technologies allow surgeons to practice virtually using 3D visualizations of the patient's CT/MRI scans, thus allowing for a more customized experience. They are also being used to aid exposure therapy in people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and phobias.
  2. Medical Education: Students can learn about anatomy and molecular biology by immersing themselves in virtual environments.

Check out our Educational Resources page to learn more about how these technologies are used in medicine.

What is Virtual Reality?

Virtual Reality (VR) is a computer-generated experience that allows the user to be immersed in and/or interact with a virtual environment. Watch the video below to learn more.

What is Augmented Reality?

Augmented Reality (AR) allows the user to enhance their perception of the real world by interacting with digital/virtual objects. Watch the video below to learn more.