New technology developed by graduates of University of Alberta uses power of augmented reality into clinical practice.
What is augmented reality?
A technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus enhancing one’s current perception of reality.
The system, called ProjectDR, allows medical images produced from CT scans and MRI to be displayed directly on a patient’s body.This will help clinicians to study human body without using surgical scalpel.According to Ian Watts developer of ProjectDR,“They wanted to create a system that would show clinicians a patient’s internal anatomy within the context of the body”.The ProjectDR technology includes a motion-tracking system using infrared cameras and markers on the patient’s body, as well as a projector to display the images.
In future, this technology can be useful for teaching purposes, laparoscopic surgery or even surgical planning.