Augmented reality in medicine is a great opportunity to expand the range of possibilities for doctors. With this technology in medicine, the success of an operation can rise exponentially. Also, using AR doctors can avoid further complications for patients.
How does it work?
During the operation, different tools are implanted, and then you can see the 3d organ on the screen. AR facilities offer diagnostic imaging data and other patient knowledge superimposed on the operation area in the most visible manner during the treatment process. In addition, AR-assisted navigation systems will minimize the risk of injuries and improve clinical safety and accuracy, educate tomorrow’s surgeons to learn vital skills in AR education courses, and help patients to recover more quickly from operations through AR recovery techniques. But augmented reality is not the only one, that helps doctors and patients during the treatment – also there is a virtual reality. It’s often used for people with cancer. During chemotherapy, people sit in virtual reality glasses and it helps them cope with pain.
I can’t say that I think this idea is totally cool, so it’s easier to write down the pros and cons that I think are important:
Advantages of AR&VR:
- Operation accuracy increases
- It is possible to avoid complications
- Some patients can avoid the pain
- New features
Disadvantages of AR&VR:
- Now it’s not developed enough
- The major part of patients are not sure in a truthfulness of this technology
- Few doctors can use such technologies (and a lot of money will be spent on trainings)
I think it’s a great technology in medicine. Yes, I can say that I am not particularly agree with all of this (I’ve given my arguments above). And if we say that this is going to help to take another step in the evolution of medicine, I will totally agree. Personally, I think that we should use these technologies and know that they exist.