Applications of AR in Surgery

Applications of AR in Surgery

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Friday, June 24, 2022

The role of AR is increasing in healthcare every day, and it promises to enhance the surgical experience.

Fremont, CA: The benefits of AR/VR for medical applications are already clear: Utilizing augmented reality technologies can improve the efficacy of healthcare processes such as anatomy, operational services, and medical training. The surgical environment and procedures have also shown constant development with augmented reality technologies. In addition, implementing augmented reality technologies in rehabilitation services creates a more manageable environment in which users can interact to improve the recovery process.

Application of AR in surgery

Every surgical procedure involves risk. Infection is possible when the skin's protective outer layers are compromised or when our internal body structures and organs are exposed. Before a patient gains full function and vitality after major surgery, recovery might be slow. Scar tissue may persist after healing and occasionally impede future activity. Medical experts and patients are therefore interested in any treatments that will reduce, shorten, or eliminate the necessity for invasive surgical operations. In addition to their potential for usage in the operating room, AR/VR systems are being developed and implemented for diagnostic support and pre-surgical training.

Immersive Touch, a company based in Chicago, offers an AR/VR platform that interacts with common diagnostic imaging data such as CT and MRI scans. Before operating on a patient, physicians can utilize the platform to visualize patient-specific anatomy and pathology in 3D, lay down plans on surgical approaches within an immersive virtual environment, and rehearse specific surgical procedures or practice on a particular medical device.

Dental implantology and orthognathic surgery are the most prevalent medical applications of AR/VR to date. Virtual planning enhanced the accuracy of placing dental implants using either statistical guidance or dynamic navigation. Virtual reality is mostly utilized in orthognathic surgery for preoperative planning and intraoperative navigation.

Virtual reality has also been utilized to improve oral and maxillofacial surgery education and training by simulating the environment and allowing students to perform procedures without touching real patients. The incorporation of "haptic feedback" gives an additional layer of immersive reality in order to enhance hand dexterity and clinical training.

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