What is Augmented Reality?
Augmented Reality (AR) is live or recorded camera view of real/physical environment which is achieved by computer-generated inputs such as graphics, textured images, sound or object through specific tool.
Example devices: Mobile/Tablet, Cast AR, Google Cast, Hologens, Sony Smart Eye Glass, etc.
Augmented Reality uses in Medical Industry
- Study Anatomy with Hologens and Training : AR can be used in learning anatomy and body functions. Applications can provide a 3D representation of human anatomy and used to support the planning of surgical procedures for medical students. The Holographic model can be used by users to view anything from muscles to the tiniest veins with HoloLens Headset. HoloAnatomy is a sample app, students will be able to visualize the human body in 3D. Education for Kids which is easy but not complex 3D models used to teach basic anatomy view of body parts like heart, liver, brain etc
- Surgery Assistant : AR computer-generated view can be overlayed on operative field to improve their ability to determine the diagnosed problem, treat or medicate and carry out surgery on their patients more accurately. The surgeon has a clear view in musculoskeletal disorders of the patient for a better operative experience.
- Pharmacy Industry : Advanced AR representation used by companies to provide more innovative drug information. It can also be used to show how new drugs and medical devices interact with the body.
Advanced AR Usecases
MRI and CT scans of patients can be combined in an AR headset, surgeons will be able to study the anatomy of their patient before undergoing surgery by overlaying the specific anatomy over the patient’s body. It will allow doctors to see bones, muscles, and organs without cutting them into the body. It could also used as a tool to display life-saving information during medical emergencies, such as where to make injections.
The use of augmented reality allows doctors to accurately diagnose their patients symptoms. The symptoms of patients are often difficult to describe to doctors, but AR makes it easier for patients to describe their symptoms to doctors. The AR scanner named AccuVein, which projects images of veins on the skin, allowing nurses and medical students to identify veins.
The future of AR in healthcare expected to be life changing scenario that can also be used in dental, psychomotor skills training, workout sessions, medical imaging and even patient’s self care. The impact of latest AR in medical industry were exceptional for immersive and interactive medical training, surgeries, dental clinics, diagnosis and other augmented practices. There is no doubt that this technology is going to be life-changing and also life-saving journey in medical industry.