New opportunities with Augmented Reality in Medicine

Medical is becoming better and better with the advent of new technologies. It has not only benefited the patients but the doctors and the medicine industry at large. Augmented reality although sowed its seeds in Medicine in 2005 with a device called near-infrared vein finder, it is especially during the post 2015 that there have been new opportunities with Augmented Reality in medicine.

Medical Augmented Reality- what is it all about?

Augmented reality is a technology that focuses on imposing computer-generated image on the user’s view with that of the real world. It aids in providing a composite view. Use of computer generated perceptual information technology can directly or indirectly have a live view of a physical or real-world environment.

Medical Augmented Reality provides surgeons with patients to monitor the data crystal clear and allows patients imaging records in the most functional video way so that it becomes accessible and overlaid. With Augmented reality a much has been changed from enhancing the fetus of a mother’s womb to surgeries.

There are Google glasses that helps the doctors to read about the clinical data of the patient while talking to him, it is quick, it is handy and easily accessible. Similarly the Accvein augmented reality system has made IV insertions more accurate and less stressful towards projecting veins, valves on the patient’s body.

Thus, use of headsets to goggles, contact lenses and more has only enhanced the medical line. It has helped doctors in preparation for several medical operations and study.

New horizons of Medical Augmented Reality

  • Surgery

Doctors and surgeons are benefitted at large from the AR. Especially when it comes to Neurosurgery, where complicated parts like brain is to be operated. The AR helps in creating a reference image of the brain and superimposed onto the brain during the surgery, it definitely eases the complex procedure.

Thus all that an augmented reality does is providing the surgeon with computer-processed imaging data in real time with the use of hardware and software. With projections being right of AR that includes displays, projectors, cameras, trackers etc. Here the image is superimposed on the computer or a video projector or any other system. It works fantastically well as the surgeon does not have to look away from the image but can complete his surgery by focusing on the image. It is as good as seeing the complicated parts of the body with naked eye. The traditional technique of visualization had made it conducive for doctors to pay attention while doing surgery and keep on looking towards the patient and then the projector, which is not the case now.

  • Education of the future doctors to be

Augmented Reality provides a rich contextual learning in the education for the future doctors to be. There are many multiple learning styles, animated medical courses, providing medical illustration to explainer animations. What’s more that the practical skills on patients can be practiced without harming the patient! Medical students use the 3D Augmented Reality to study about the patient. With the help of this new technology students are in a position to grasp the complicated procedure, information and treatment towards it easily.

  • AR’s diagnostic advancement

Many a time a patient is unaware of his diagnosis or perhaps in unable to describe the discomfort. It is necessary to know for a doctor to know the area of illness and thereon take actions medically. However, now with the help of AR tool, detection of signs of depression or mental illness, or any other discomfort will be known by implementing the AR application.

Final words

Whether it is introducing new medical equipment with 3D presentation or understanding the complexities of the patient, healthcare training, there are many areas yet to explore. Medical Augmented Reality has made the lives of patients and doctors easy.

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