Medical Augmented reality

What if surgeons could see right through their patients’ skin and all the way to their internal organs? That’s not quite possible yet. But researchers are using augmented reality to get pretty close to it.

The new system is called ProjectDR, and it uses a network of infrared cameras and lasers to project scans of patients’ internal systems over their bodies. Body markers track the patients’ movements so that the projector can place the scans of internal organs directly over where the patient’s actual internal structures are. Researchers say ProjectDR will be invaluable as a teaching tool. They also say it will be useful in laparoscopic surgery.



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