New Tools of the Trade: Augmented Reality and Surgery
Some of the most prominent changes in the medical field in the last few decades were because of augmented reality (AR). When it comes to revamping traditional practices, doctors rely on AR to create fresh solutions. This technology is able to create a virtual overlay across the real-view of the surgeon and guide them through each step of surgery to reduce errors and ensure patient safety. Furthermore, with the help of AR surgeons can now perform imaging at the point of care during the procedures.
how Augmented reality improves surgery:
1. augmented reality assists with Reconstructive surgery
Using augmented reality, surgeons can overlay images of CT scans, which include the crucial positioning of bones and blood vessels. During complicated operations, surgeons can easily understand the nature of the problem and act before any danger lures around the patients. Additionally, the technology allows visualization of blood flows and structures when for non-invasive procedures. In many hospital surgeries, it is used to superimpose radiological images on the body, thereby creating a direct view of the anatomy. Also, it allows 360-degree visualization of body parts, a feature which is useful during reconstructive surgery. AR is empowering doctors to save the life of millions of patients across the globe.
2. Recording and broadcasting surgeries
Certain rare diseases require surgeries that last for 10-15 hours and are usually done under the supervision of professional and experienced doctors. Recording and broadcasting such surgeries can help other doctors—those with experience and those with less—learn how to handle similar surgeries. Augmented reality is becoming a useful tool for surgical training. The immersive training experience helps young doctors better understand the complexities of a critical medical processes that take multiple hours.
3. Increasing patient knowledge and engagement
Augmented reality can also help patients understand surgical changes in their body structure. Using AR, patients can now visualize the changes made in their body, such as a lip correction or breast enhancement. This helps customers make better informed decisions about cosmetic surgeries and refine their expectations about the result. The technology helps to improve communication, documentation, and enhance customer satisfaction.
Even with the advancement in technology, a shocking 67% of people around the world do not have access to safe surgery. There’s a great need for surgery training to be more accessible and cost-effective around the globe. Augmented reality has the potential to connect training surgeons to more experienced ones, making us one step closer to achieving better healthcare for all.