There are many ways of applying virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) in the medical and health sector. New discoveries are ever increasing.
Birmingham City University in England has now developed a new mixed reality system that helps doctors view patient data quickly and more precisely. The AR and MR hybrid will project diagrams, patient information, bones, virtual organ replicas and more.
The interface enables medical specialists to easily view data, and organize it in a 3D space by means of hand motions. This should enable them to rapidly and conveniently showcase medical procedures and lifestyle choices. Pinpointing a specific location on a 3D representation of a body will be so much more comfortable for the surgery patient. Doctors can discuss a patient’s body parts together with the patient, using diagrams to provide accurate and significant information.
The system should make life easier for both patient and practitioners, and is developed as a platform for medical professionals, where they can interact with patient data and manually change data to inform and educate patients. Parts of the anatomy can be visually demonstrated, using customized, virtual models. They can effectively point out any impacts of certain lifestyle choices. University staff are at present investigating other MR and AR projects.