AR or augmented reality technology has seen some major adaption in previous years. From apps like Pokemon Go to the usage in social media apps like Snapchat and Facebook for filters; this growing tech has mostly seen its implementation into the world of social media and entertainment apps. But the augmented reality may begin to play a much larger role in our everyday lives, and it could see itself becoming more than just a novelty tool for app developers. There is great potential that Augmented Reality could be used to revolutionize the health care system, allowing for the easy integration of digital information with the patient’s environment in real-time. It’s becoming a more accessible, affordable, and sophisticated technology which is slowly being adopted in medical education, imaging, dentistry, and nursing training.
Right now, the primary apps used by health care professionals involving AR are AccuVein, VIPAR, Anatomy, and VA-ST. These technologies have a variety of applicable use cases to the medical field, but we’ve broken down some of the individual purposes these apps can be used for.
Additionally, there are other apps that are health-care-focused and available in everyday app stores for both the regular consumer, as well as medical professionals to utilize in their business.
DoctorMole is a popular app for dermatologists to scan and receive feedback in analyzing moles to detect things like malignant lesions or cancers. Additionally, apps like EyeDecide can use your smartphone’s camera in order to simulate the impact of various eye disorders to educate both patients and health care providers about the nature of things such as vision deterioration and cataracts. Google Glass has also gotten its hand in the medical AR market, using their app MedicAR in order to assist surgeons with the proper alignment of incisions to cause less trauma on patients who receive major or complex surgeries as well as MRI examinations.