How is Technology Helping Surgery?

How is Technology Helping Surgery?

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Thursday, November 25, 2021

Summary: Using Virtual Reality (VR), surgeons can stream surgeries, allowing medical students to observe them through their VR goggles visually.

FREMONT, CA:Surgeons have enormous responsibilities: one incision on the patient's body could result in irreversible damage or medical miracles. The development of digital technologies has flooded operating rooms and surgeons with new gadgets designed to make the fewest cuts possible. One needs to address these new surgical technologies so that everyone understands that they enhance rather than replace surgeons' expertise. Below are two technologies lending a hand in surgery.

VR

Students peering over the surgeon's shoulder during an operation can be replaced with VR, elevating medicine's teaching and learning experience to a whole new level. Using VR, surgeons can stream surgeries, allowing medical students to observe them through their VR goggles visually. It is priceless to assist doctors in practicing treatments or life-saving maneuvers.

Although this has not (yet) become the norm in medical education or training in recent years, major universities and institutes have made extensive use of the technology. Furthermore, virtual reality training can help rural healthcare systems become more efficient. This is what the future will look like.

Augmented Reality (AR)

Because there is a lot of misunderstanding about VR and AR, allow me to clarify: AR differs from VR in two critical ways. AR users maintain a sense of reality, but VR delivers information as quickly as possible. These distinguishing characteristics have a significant potential for assisting surgeons in becoming more efficient during operations. AR healthcare applications can help save lives and treat patients effortlessly, whether they are performing a minimally invasive treatment or identifying a tumor in the liver.

In the United States, the first AR-assisted spinal fusion surgery took place in 2020, using an FDA-approved AR Guidance system allowing surgeons to see the 3D spinal anatomy of a patient during an operation, much as if they had X-ray vision. The hospital team praised the gadget for its accuracy, safety, and ease of use. Another business helps medical practitioners by making ultra-precise 3D images with the help of artificial intelligence.

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