Increasing amounts of companies are tirelessly working on ways to capitalize on their use of virtual reality and its friend in technology, augmented reality. The current options are predominantly for entertainment purposes such as; designing advanced video games, 3-D movies, and more.
However, with multiple opportunities focusing around visual, augmented reality has the chance to truly transform the healthcare process forever.
Augmented reality has the capability to bring 3-D images to life with practical applications in healthcare. A state-of-the-art technology, that experts believe will cooperate perfectly with 3-D printing to enhance the provider’s application in healthcare and the patient’s experience overall.
Augmented reality is a virtual technology that will superimpose a computer-generated image of data on a user’s view of the real world, and thus will provide a composite view. With this view, a healthcare practitioner will have access to in-depth, detailed imaging to conduct the evaluation.
Data availability and information processing technologies are already on a cutting-edge level, the next step is to bring substantial, even life-saving information into the doctors’ field of vision.
How will augmented reality benefit healthcare?
- Transparent view of patient’s internal anatomy
- Able to convey patient specific information efficiently
- Hands-free visual options with gesture technology
- Visual patient education options
Augmented reality tools come in a variety of forms including; head-mounted displays, tablet-based displays, and projected-based devices. Currently, the most common form is the head-mounted display that allows a healthcare practitioner to see directly what they are positioned to see and focus on the exact area they desire.
With multi levels of visual from exterior to interior, augmented reality has the possibly to truly revolutionize healthcare forever.
Whether the practitioner is advising a patient on the pros and cons of a disease treatment, or a surgeon is using the visual tool to understand a patient’s interior during a procedure; the virtual reality imagery will provide healthcare organizations new abilities to treat patients even more successfully.