Virtual and Augmented Reality

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are being used in healthcare for clinician training, patient education, advanced visualization of complex anatomy in medical imaging and for procedural guidance. Augmented reality fuses images over the person's field of view to augment what they see. This is also called mixed reality. Virtual reality uses a visor headset to completely immerse the user in a virtual environment. 

3D Systems Announces On Demand Anatomical Modeling Service
Technology | Medical 3-D Printing | June 18, 2018
June 18, 2018 — 3D Systems announced availability of its new On Demand Anatomical Modeling Service. This new service...
NIH Issues $2.2 Million Grant for Augmented Reality Cardiac Hologram Research
News | Advanced Visualization | February 15, 2018
February 15, 2018 — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a $2.2 million research grant to healthcare...
3D Systems Introduces DICOM to 3-D Printing Functionality at RSNA 2017
News | Medical 3-D Printing | January 23, 2018
January 23, 2018 – At the 2017 annual meeting of the ...
Intronix Technologies Developing Augmented Reality Medical Simulation for Neuromuscular Injection Procedures
News | Advanced Visualization | September 11, 2017
September 11, 2017 — Canadian-based Intronix Technologies will be working with Roy Eagleson, Ph.D., professor in the...
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An example of augmented reality displays by Novarad at HIMSS 2017. The system uses a visor to project co-registered 3-D datasets on a real patient in an operating room to aid procedural navigation. 

Blog | Information Technology | April 10, 2017
While attending this year’s Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Orlando, ITN editor...
VOSTARS, augmented reality surgical visor, Euopean project

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News | Advanced Visualization | March 06, 2017
March 6, 2017 — Employing new photonics technology, European scientists are developing a new...
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A view through a HoloLens augmented reality visor showing an overlaid brain image co-registered with a live patient on a table at HIMSS 2017.

Blog | HIMSS | March 03, 2017 | Dave Fornell
Information technology (IT) is among the least sexy areas to cover in medical technology advances, and is often...
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A 2-D view of what operators see when viewing actual 3-D medical images in the HoloLens augmented reality system using TeraRecon's new software.

Technology | Advanced Visualization | February 21, 2017
February 21, 2017 — TeraRecon debuted its new high-performance, cloud-based augmented reality solution, the HoloPack...
Philips, augmented-reality surgical navigation technology, spine surgery
Technology | Advanced Visualization | January 12, 2017
January 12, 2017 — Philips announced the development of what it calls an industry-first augmented-reality...
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News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | November 21, 2016
November 21, 2016 — Parents may soon be able to watch their unborn babies grow in realistic 3-D immersive...
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Blog | Information Technology | September 28, 2016
If we are to look forward to the development of smartphone technology for radiology applications, we might do well to...
News | June 26, 2014
June 25, 2014 — NYU Langone Medical Center is now using a novel technology that serves as a "flight simulator" for...
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A remote physician points out features to surgeon during a live procedure.

News | December 30, 2013
December 30, 2013 — A University of Alabama at Birmingham surgical team has performed the first surgery using a virtual...