In this article from “The Journal of Spine Surgery”, a review of many studies is presented about the use of immersive technologies to train surgeons. Conclusions are very simple : these technologies improve skills BUT in many cases relance is low. The need of big scale study is clear. The current scope of VR, AR, and MR surgical simulators in MISS and spinal endoscopic surgery was described. Studies demonstrate improvement in technical skill and patient…"Virtual reality in spinal endoscopy: a paradigm shift in education to support spine surgeons"
In this short article, Brainlab presents some applications of AR/VR and so-called “MR” in healthcare. When comparing medical virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality, all three have their own distinct differences and advantages. In terms of future development of 3D visualization and augmented reality for surgery, mixed reality with its added interactive capabilities, has the potential to change both the digital and real landscape of medicine. Source: Virtual, Mixed and Augmented Reality in Medicine…"Virtual, Mixed and Augmented Reality in Medicine"
As unbelievable as it sounds, billions of picture from patient exams are “freely” available today on Internet. The problem is well known and fully documented since year but number of unsecured data files increase years after years. As healthcare digitization process every day, we can imagine how data security is important for the development of immersive technologies. The problem is well-documented. Greenbone found 24 million patient exams storing more than 720 million medical images in…"A billion medical images are exposed online, as doctors ignore warnings"
Augmedics’ AR system is now approved by the U.S. FDA. According to the company it is the first device certified for guided surgery. The “Xvision Spine system” allows surgeons to place spine implant with a amazing precision and without looking away the patient. The possibility to see “through the skin” is also a good way to promote minimal invasive methods. Augmedics Inc., a Chicago-based startup focused on augmented reality (AR) applications in health care, has…"FDA greenlights Augmedics’ AR system for spinal surgery"
It could be the first steps to a functional retinal implant to help people with vision degeneration. We also can imagine more futuristic devices like true augmented reality implants we will use instead of AR glasses. Retinal dystrophies and age-related macular degeneration related to photoreceptor degeneration can cause blindness. In blind patients, although the electrical activation of the residual retinal circuit can provide useful artificial visual perception, the resolutions of current retinal prostheses have been…"Behavioural responses to a photovoltaic subretinal prosthesis implanted in non-human primates"