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Published on April 18th, 2019 | by Emergent Enterprise


Augmented Reality: The Future of Medicine

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A common analogy in describing augmented reality is that it gives the user superpowers. Susan Fourtane shares many use cases at interestingengineering.com that appear to give the healthcare worker x-ray vision to help them complete the task at hand. When AR gives the user the ability to see through skin, muscles and bones, more successful medical procedures happen and patients feel better.

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Augmented Reality can change brain surgery thanks to powerful diagnostic platforms, revolutionize radiology, and open new doors to reconstructive surgery.

Augmented Reality (AR), also known as spatial computing –a merging of digital and physical spaces,– is one of the current technology trends that, together with Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR), is changing all industries, includinghealthcare and medical education

Even though these technologies are enjoying a lot of attention today, they have been around for a long while. In 1965Robert Mann introduced the first virtual system in medicine (The Thousand Faces of Virtual Reality). It was used to decide what the best procedure for an orthopedic disease would be. It was also used to facilitate a new training environment for orthopedic residents.

In the 1960s, the first simulators with 3D images appeared. Later on, in the late 1980s, the head-mounted display (HMD) (a wearable device) was introduced for VR visualizations in medicine. 

A little over a decade later, the first pioneering applications in medical educationstarted to appear in the form of some hands-on procedures. AR and VR share some technical aspects.

And, even though the development of Augmented Reality starts already in the 1960s, it was not until 1990 that the term Augmented Reality was established as such.

With it, a new era of spatial computing began in the clinical setting. Augmented Reality, today, provides augmented information for the physician and the surgeon during interventional procedures such as Computerized Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) visualization paths. 

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