How is Augmented Reality Changing the Healthcare Landscape?

How is Augmented Reality Changing the Healthcare Landscape?

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Tuesday, May 17, 2022

As a result of the pandemic's impact on the healthcare business, augmented reality has become a valuable tool for making medical workers' duties easier and safer.

Fremont, CA: Augmented reality (AR) is different from virtual reality (VR) in the way that it augments a view of the real world with visual and aural overlays, as opposed to creating a seamless virtual world. AR technology can improve the experience of frontline employees by granting them access to information via a headset connected to a mobile device or laptop while they are in the field. Now that hospitals and medical facilities have experienced the benefits of augmented reality, the technology is expected to continue gaining acceptance long after the pandemic is contained.

Here’s how AR is changing the landscape of healthcare:

Surgical assistance

Augmented Reality can be used to construct three-dimensional models of organs or tumors for surgical reference. The surgeon can visualize the model for better surgical planning and execution precision using a hands-free headset. The headset creates the illusion that the model is hovering over the surgical field as a hologram. The surgeon can also be guided through on-screen notes. Instructions for creating incisions and other surgical procedures can be superimposed on a real-time image of the patient's anatomy, allowing the surgeon to view and follow the right, predetermined surgical path.

Remote guidance

Using Augmented Reality, a physician can obtain remote guidance from an expert regardless of their location. Having access to two-way audio and video via a headset allows both doctors to have the same view of the patient and process. A specialist can advise a physician through an examination or surgery in real-time, providing the patient with access to expertise and the possibility of a better outcome.

Virtual training

Medical students can benefit from Augmented Reality-based virtual instruction. A virtual mentor can share the student's perspective and provide guidance on the procedure or diagnosis. For instance, students can observe a physician do suturing or have the physician coach them as they perform the operation. Through the headset, instructions can be sent. Medical students benefit from the process of "learning by doing" and acquire patient-safe hands-on experience.

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