Augmented reality models make surgeons better at what they do and their lives easier.
Augmented reality is just as effective for teaching anatomy as traditional methods and consumes fewer resources.
During a surgery planning conference, a surgeon wrestles with conventional imaging, such as the image pictured right, to determine the ideal pathway to resect a hard to reach tumor in an older patient. She understands that relying on CT scans and MRIs can be limiting.
From 3D Printing to VR/AR: Simple Connection?
The same, but different:
My journey in 3D imaging began with 3D Printing as I searched for a way to show the visually complex Diffusion Tensor Imaging data obtained from my research in pediatric kidney transplants.
Augmented reality (AR) is a powerful application that allows physicians to visualize and interact with patient data. By definition, augmented reality is a real-time interactive experience of the real-world environment using computer-generated perceptual information. The information can be overlaid by adding to or masking from the real-world environment.
As a Radiologist I was trained to build complex 3-dimensional models in my mind as I read a stack of 2-dimensional CT or MRI images. Currently, however, the way I must ultimately convey this information is through a written radiology report or an in-person review.