Applications of AR in Healthcare

AR technologies have made breakthroughs in a range of industries, including healthcare. Below we’ll discuss the most significant of the innovations that can be used in medicine.

Healthcare is one of the most important areas where AR technologies can be applied to everyday routines. A number of projects and companies have found ways to use cutting-edge AR tools in the healthcare sector, from professional training and education to the treatment of eye disorders.

A key comprehensive component is determining the goals and focuses of the projects, and then improving them with AR technologies. Some of the products listed below have already gained momentum in the global market and at medical facilities, used to help patients and cure illnesses. Others are still under development.

Four of the most apparent use cases in the healthcare industry are presented below.

360⁰ surgery

Imagine how useful AR technologies could be with regard to medical education. For example, Google Glass could be used to perform surgery in real time, its recordings being played by approximately 14,000 students across 32 countries. The underlying idea is to enable students to go through the educational program faster and involve them in international healthcare projects at the highest level. Today, there are about five billion people with no access to safe and professional surgery. 143 million simple operations are performed annually, and more than two million educated surgeons, anesthesiologists and birth attendants are required. AR technologies suggest a convenient way to facilitate and improve their training.

ARnatomy

Anyone who wants to become a doctor must learn anatomy. Various ways of studying are available: manuals, charts, bone boxes, in which a student opens a box containing bones, and has to determine what the bones are and describe their peculiarities. The methods mentioned above belong to a traditional educational program, but AR technologies may improve them. A developer could create an app which uses optical character recognition (OCR) to match the name of a bone with its image and description. The app also could also enable users to operate a 3D skeleton model.

Telemedicine

Google Glass allows a surgeon to project his actions to a display used by another surgeon performing an operation. A more experienced doctor can thus instruct and encourage a novice, while supervising and correcting his work. This type of direct communication between professionals would enable the quickest and safest sharing of experience. Direct communication between professionals enables the most quick and safe sharing of experience. Moreover, telemedicine allows healthcare professionals to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients at a distance using telecommunications technology. The approach has gone through a striking evolution in the last decade, and is becoming an increasingly important part of innovative healthcare infrastructure. Patients take comfort in less time away from work, less difficulties with child or elderly people, more privacy and no exposure to other potentially contagious patients. In their turn, providers enjoy increased revenue, improved office efficiency, better patient follow-through and fewer missed appointments and cancellations, — in general, higher quality of services for all interested parties. The market value of telemedicine technologies is expected to hit USD 36.2 bn by 2020, up from USD 14.3 bn in 2014.

All gain, no pain

Most patients deem blood tests to be an unpleasant procedure, and not without reason. Even so, they become much more painful when a doctor must repeatedly insert a needle into the patient’s arm, trying to reach a vein. A portable scanner could locate veins, seals, and divaricatus, facilitating not only blood tests, but also plastic surgery, other cosmetic procedures, and drop bottle infusions.

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