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. 

Podcast | Cardiac Imaging | March 04, 2019
Technology is reshaping not only our understanding of cardiac disease but what motivates patients to visit doctors....
Philips and Microsoft have partnered to develop an augmented reality system to help imporve workflow and procedural navigation in the cath lab. Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field. Virtual reality in the cath lab, interventional lab, hybrid OR, or cardiovascular lab.

Philips and Microsoft have partnered to develop an augmented reality system to help imporve workflow and procedural navigation in the cath lab. Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field. 

News | Advanced Visualization | February 25, 2019
February 25, 2019 — Philips will unveil a new mixed reality concept developed together with Microsoft that the company...
An example of multimodality image fusion with live angiography to enhance soft-tissue visualization during complex procedures. This example is from Siemen's new TrueFusion software released in 2018. Advances in angiography imaging.

An example of multimodality image fusion with live angiography to enhance soft-tissue visualization during complex procedures. This example is from Siemen's new TrueFusion software released in 2018. 

Feature | Angiography | January 28, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor
There are a few recent trends in X-ray angiography imaging systems that hospitals should be aware of if they are...
Videos | Advanced Visualization | December 12, 2018
This is an example of the FDA-cleared OpenSight augmented reality (AR) system for surgical planning from NovaRad at the...
Videos | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 10, 2018
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell highlights some of the most innovative new technology on the show floor of the American...
Radiologist Uses Virtual Reality as Interventional Radiology Teaching Tool
News | Interventional Radiology | March 27, 2018
March 27, 2018 — Physicians, trainees and even laypeople can now stand right beside an expert radiologist as he...
3D Systems Extends Leadership in Precision Healthcare with Technology Advancements to Quickly Create 3-D Models
News | Medical 3-D Printing | January 23, 2018
January 23, 2017 – At the annual meeting of Radiological Society of North America, 3D Systems announced a new D2P (...
EchoPixel Showcases Next-Generation Surgical Planning With True 3-D Interactive Mixed Reality Software
News | Advanced Visualization | January 08, 2018
January 8, 2018 — EchoPixel showcased the latest version of True 3D, its interactive, mixed reality software solution...
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News | Advanced Visualization | March 21, 2017
March 21, 2017 — EchoPixel recently announced progress in the clinical adoption of its True 3D virtual reality software...
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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 10, 2017
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...
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News | Information Technology | January 16, 2017
January 16, 2017 — Frost & Sullivan has released a new report, “Vision 2025 – Future of Healthcare,” part of the...
Ampronix, simulated procedures, virtual reality, medical education
News | May 25, 2016
May 24, 2016 — ​​​​​​​In a new report, Ampronix looks at the rapid expansion of simulated procedures into medical...
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...