Cardiologists Using AR for Heart Surgery

Augmented Reality's 3 Dimensional Precision

Source:  AR Tech in the Operating Room

AR Goggles in the OR
AR is a technology that superimposes computer generated information on the user's view of the real world.  It's being tested at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.  And it seems to greatly help surgeons visualize complex medical data particularly during heart surgery.

Surgeons with AR Goggles
A new self-contained AR device provides surgeons with the opportunity to interactively explore data in 3 D and real time during complex surgical procedures.  Here's how it works.  The surgeon wears  AR goggles that are similar to the glass screens worn by divers.  The AR images are projected onto the surgeon's facial screen to augment their view and vital information on their patient during complex surgical procedures..

NIH Funded Successful Test Pilot Program
This is a pilot program and has been used successfully on 5 animal models.  The program is supported by the National Institute of Health and is being expanded.  The doctors and researchers say the technology so far has exciting potential.  It allows doctors to superimpose images like MRI and CT scans as a guide during the operation.  They say it helps guide treatment and patient care eventually for humans.


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