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5 Ways Augmented Reality is Improving the Healthcare Sector

Sep 8, 2020 1:00:00 PM


Healthcare Training

Training plays a crucial role in molding future doctors and medical professionals. Learning from a book has its limitations, and doctors can’t take on real-world operations or consultations without proper guidance and training. As a result, the learning phase in the medical field is often lengthy.

However, AR can completely change how students learn and comprehend medical concepts. Using 3D models and interactive AR elements, they can gain a better understanding of the medical science concepts and even perform surgeries virtually during their practical sessions.

The collaboration between Microsoft and Case Western Reserve University is a perfect example of an innovative approach to learning through AR. Instead of cadaver-filled laboratories, medical students at the university now use AR headsets to examine the body's organs and systems.  With simple hand gestures, students can rotate the holographic body part, zoom in, and get a better view of things. The Curiscope Virtual Tee is another interesting use case of technology where children can learn about human body in a fun and interactive way through an AR app.

Remote Collaboration 

Two minds are better than one. That is why we see even veteran doctors consult with their peers before performing complex surgeries. With AR, it is possible to simplify and improve this collaboration. 

When a surgeon needs help to perform a complicated surgical procedure, they could immediately stream a council to the operating table through AR. While advisors see a high-quality live stream from the surgeon’s AR device, the surgeon can see advisors unobtrusively, take advice from them, and perform the procedure successfully. 

Such solutions are more useful and cost-efficient than having an expert panel on standby within the same vicinity. Considering the surgeon shortage the world is experiencing today, AR offers a cost-effective alternative to seek expert assistance.

Proximie is an AR company that puts this technology into practice. They’ve developed an app that lets a specialist guide their colleague in real-time with AR tools. 

Medical Reconstructions

Doctors can significantly benefit from 3D representations of the patient’s body and organs. By superimposing CT or MRI data during a surgical procedure, AR can offer vital information to help surgeons navigate to a particular organ with better precision.

For example, before performing minimally invasive surgeries such as tumor removal, surgeons can pinpoint the location of tumors, identify surrounding structures, and plan the procedure that involves minimal risk of complications.

Ecopixel is a company that utilizes AR to create surgical imaging accessible via Mixed Reality headsets. The company claims that they have created 3D organ reconstructions from medical images to real-world quality representations.

Patient Experience

Apart from doctors, AR technology can also bring benefits to patients. With high-quality 3D images, doctors can educate patients about the impact of particular diseases more effectively. With AR, it is also possible to reduce the chances of missing the vein during intravenous injections (IVs) and associated pain. 

AccuVein leverages AR to offer a similar solution. Using a handheld scanner, doctors and nurses can quickly locate the vein on the patient’s skin. The solution not only helps in enhancing the skills of medical professionals but also reduces patient discomfort.

AR technology is equally helpful during the patient’s aftercare. Upon leaving the hospital, patients can easily connect with physicians for remote counseling sessions. AR apps can further help patients remind them about taking medicines timely and keeping track of their vital stats engagingly.

AR and the Future of Healthcare 

From helping young minds to learn better and faster and aiding doctors in making their jobs easier, augmented reality is propelling the healthcare sector to new heights. With the ability to foster empathy with patients through multisensory instructions, the technology is equally beneficial in improving patient experience. With the growing adoption of AR in healthcare, we will witness several other novel applications of the technology, leading to informed healthcare decisions and improved patient care quality.

Are you ready to take your first steps towards integrating AR technology within your healthcare setup? Let’s work together to find new AR opportunities for your business. Reach out to us or schedule a demo to see what AR can do for your business.


Written by NexTech


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