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AR in the ER
Tablets and smartphones have recently found a wide range of uses in the healthcare industry, from building image databases for doctors to helping patients better understand their surgical procedures. Taking these mobile technologies one step further, we look at an application that takes augmented reality into the operating room to assist doctors with complex procedures. Imagine if at the touch of a button, your surgeon could map your internal organs and pinpoint the correct blood vessel or location of a tumor, rather than having to rely on memory or constantly refer to images and charts.
A new iPad app from the Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing MEVIS in Germany is using augmented reality technology to help surgeons remove liver tumors without damaging critical vessels within the organ. Before the surgery takes place, a CT scan is performed on the patient, allowing an accompanying software to identify and image the pathways of blood vessels. This information is then transferred to an iPad, which can be used during the surgery.
An exploratory article which mentions a number of areas where the multi talented iPad could be used in surgery is discussed and exemplified with a number of existing apps:
- Communication - communicating and sharing images, data and knowledge between patients and specialists
- Intraoperative visualization - visual presentation of vital signs and images that can increase the overview of the situation or add specific crucial details
- Intraoperative measurement - supporting measurements and navigation during the operation
- Augmented Reality in the Operating Room - supporting situation by adding complementary views (3D X-ray et al), information and specialist knowledge and advice as well as providing visual tools directly in the visual field of the surgeon in action
The article concludes by saying:
The iPad has the potential be a game changer in surgery because of its small size, built in sensors and wireless networking capabilities. The only restriction is the imagination of future surgical innovators. Even if the above predictions fail to materialize, it is safe to say what the future holds is only barely imagined today.
Since Apple introduced the iPad in January of 2010, the rest of its competition has been trying desperately to play catch-up. If you’re curious, here’s how tablet design looked before and after the iPad was introduced. As you can see it’s pretty self-explanatory. Apple innovated, everyone else reiterated.
“Having accurate information at my fingertips about my patients’ recovery is groundbreaking. It ensures that I can quickly get to grips with their perspective and provide them with first-rate healthcare.”(via United Kingdom Department of Health using iPads for post-op orthopedic follow up) It seems that the iPad is breaking into health care pretty fast. Here is another article in Information Week.
CHART OF THE DAY: iPad Magazine Sales Tank
This curve reflect my own feeling when considering buying magazines on my iPad. They feel overprized when comparing to real physical magazines or most other available content on the iPad.
It could be that this is the last chance for publishers to survive the transition to a digital world - so why are they not using the pricing logic to attract new customers in huge number?
It is interesting to note that Apple will sell $2B worth of apps and the vast majority of them are prized at $1…
Source: Business Insider
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P A Martin Börjesson
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