How Augmented Reality is Being Used in Medicine (Part Two)

In a previous blog post, we introduced the use of augmented reality (AR) in healthcare. Since this technology is primarily for physician and scientist use, the benefits have largely focused on these groups.

Ultimately, however, individual patients and patient populations will see the most positive results from AR technology development. Here are a few ways that AR promises to help patients and patient groups.

Expanded healthcare access

For years, public health leaders have been warning of a nationwide shortage of physicians and other healthcare providers. When paired with telemedicine, AR technology could be used to enhance remote consultations and even conduct remote surgeries, which can help close some gaps created by the provider shortfall.

Improved patient outcomes

One of the biggest impacts that AR is having in the healthcare industry is its use in surgery. For example, at Imperial College London at St. Mary’s Hospital, the use of Microsoft HoloLens® headsets for reconstructive lower limb surgery has helped surgeons locate and reconnect blood vessels, improving patient results.

Enhanced patient education

AR tools may be as educational for patients as they are for medical students. Doctors could use AR-based visualization or simulation to demonstrate or explain a patient’s health condition. This improved knowledge can empower patients to be more engaged and empowered in their healthcare.

Plan better surgical results with augmented reality

The Novarad® Opensight® AR system is a pre-surgical planning solution built on years of advanced imaging experience. OpenSight works with the Microsoft HoloLens headset, allowing clinicians to see 3D patient images while simultaneously viewing the patient and real-world surroundings.

Clinicians can use Novarad’s OpenSight to create 2D, 3D, or even 4D images that are accurately overlayed onto the patient’s body to improve surgical planning. The additional information helps surgeons plan and complete more accurate, complex procedures with better patient results. Contact us today to schedule a demo.

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