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•Augmented reality (AR) is one of the latest
innovations taking route into various markets
which include gaming, medicine, automotive,
retail amongst others.

•According to a recent forecast, the AR device

market is expected to reach $659.98 million by
the end of 2018. AR technology lets users see the
real world and projects digital information onto
the existing environment.

•In many ways, AR is a mixture of VR, imposed

into real life. These virtual contents are typically in
the form of digital imagery or sound, usually
applied in 3D models or videos. AR works via the
use of a range of sensors such as a camera,
•The application of augmented reality technology is opening up new opportunities in the
healthcare industry. It’s expected that by the year 2020, the global market will reach a
value of $1.5B.

•New AR innovations can help enhance doctors and surgeons ability to diagnose,
treat, and perform surgery on their patients more accurately by giving them access
to real-time data and patient information faster, and more precisely than ever before.

•AR can also bring huge value to practicing medicine and education by allowing students
and trainee physicians to better visualize health issues and scenarios that they one day
will be treating.
•Augmented reality will allow surgeons to precisely
study their patients’ anatomy by entering their MRI data
and CT scans into an AR headset and overlay specific
patient anatomy on top of their body before actually
going into surgery.
•Surgeons will be able to
visualize bones, muscles, and internal organs
without even having to cut open a body
determine exactly where to make injections
and incisions
display life-saving information for paramedics
and first responders during a medical emergency.

•AR can be used to

perform accurate and low-risk surgeries
save time in the case of an emergency surgery
surgeons can have access to all of that
information on their AR screen within seconds.
At hospitals like Imperial College and St. Mary’s
Hospital in London, surgeons and doctors have
already begun using Microsoft’s HoloLens AR
glasses during reconstructive surgery on patients
who have suffered severe injuries.

Before using surgeons had to use a handheld

scanner to locate major blood vessels near the
wound, but now AR system helps them find those
major blood vessels directly and accurately by
displaying them in a three-dimensional virtual image.

Whether surgeons are conducting a minimal

procedure or a taking on a life tumor during
surgery, AR can help save the lives of
many and we have only begun to see just
how valuable this technology is to surgeons.
•BioFlightVR: Bioflight
Bioflight has a VR/AR doctor training and 360° enhanced
videos to help physicians and surgeons learn about new
products and procedures within their field. The company has
also developed an AR/VR a medical training module to help
students and doctors refine their learn and increase their

EchoPixel develops medical imaging devices that enable
doctors to use CT images of a patient’s abdomen and display
a 3D model.
EchoPixel True 3D AR product uses a wide variety of current
medical image datasets to enable radiologists, cardiologists,
and more to see patient specific anatomy in an open 3D space
Four cameras track the user’s head movements, glasses turn
images into 3D visuals, and a stylus lets users move and
interact with objects in real time.
•Proximie: Proximie
Proximie is a device and platform that can pair with most
computers, tablets or smartphones
connects surgeons & students, in real time, anywhere in
the world
layers digitally created content on a live video stream, to
provide “hands-on” virtual assistance
enables a remote surgeon to virtually “scrub-in”.

•Help Lightning - Vipaar:

The company partnered with the University of Alabama,
Birmingham on an orthopedic surgery using Google Glass.
Surgeons are able to remotely project their hands into the
display of a surgeon on site wearing the AR technology and
point and guide to what needs to be done during the
•Augmented reality also makes it possible for
doctors to better determine their patients’
symptoms and accurately diagnose them.

•For example, when patients come to the doctor’s

for a basic shot, nurses can use AR to find veins
easier. AccuVein is an AR startup that uses a
handheld scanner which then projects over skin and
helps nurses determine where veins are.
•EyeDecide by Orca Health:
uses the camera display for simulating the
impact of specific conditions on a person’s vision
shows a simulation of the vision of a patient
suffering from a specific condition.

•AccuVein: Accuvein
40% of IVs (intravenous injections) miss the vein
on the first stick
uses augmented reality by using a handheld EyeDecide
scanner that projects over skin and shows nurses
and doctors where veins are in the patients bodies
finding a vein on the first stick is 3.5x more likely

provides a technology-enabled documentation
service for doctors and health systems
medical notes are generated in real time Augmedix
digital health, software device company
developing the first 3D visualization platform
using real-time holography of the patient's
anatomy and catheter location
integrates hand-tracking and gesture control
with their see-through display
enable users to view critical work information
right in their field-of-view
brings life-saving information into doctors field
of vision

can be used for a variety of different purposes,
including in the healthcare industry to assist
doctors and surgeons with patient information
to simulate patient and surgical encounters for students to make all of their mistakes
on AR rather than in a dissection lab or worse, in a real-life procedure.

allows medical professionals to continuously observe and give feedback to students
during their practice.

doctors in training can practice on anything and everything that may come up in a
real-life medical situation rather than randomly training with what’s given in a dissection
Medical students have always based medicine on theory and proven evidence, and now
AR technologies actually allow them to visualize and practice those theories during
their training.
company’s comprehensive education solutions include next
generation surgical simulators and learning management
can be found in leading medical centers around the world,
including Johns Hopkins, the University of Calgary, and the
University of Chicago.

•Touch Surgery:
offers an app that allows users to practice surgery at any
place and at any time.
uses an interactive mobile surgical simulator that guides
step-by-step through every part of an operation, and every
decision that’s made along the way
disseminates the best techniques and procedures to
improve the quality of surgery worldwide.