Augmentarium Introduce AR to help Operating Room Doctors

Researchers from the University of Maryland’s Augmentarium, after recently having a new lab built, have introduced their new Augmented Reality Technology.

A team of five physicians and researchers have publicly demonstrated this Augmented Reality Technology which has been design to assist in intubation. This new software, used in their demonstration, runs on Oculus and HoloLens headsets and requires a tube to be put down a patient’s airway.

Barbara Brawn-Cinani, Associate Director at the University’s Centre for Health-related Informatics and Bio imaging said “The demonstrated Augmented Reality Technology projects real-time information from the ultrasound onto the user’s field of view. This allows medical staff to see ultrasound images, for example, at the same time they’re looking at the patient, rather than having to repeatedly look away at small screen displaying the images.”

Brain Servia, President of the Augmented Reality Club on the campus, also said “In addition to helping medical personnel with tests such as ultrasounds, AR could help create three-dimensional simulated medical environments for health care providers to be trained in, according to the Augmentarium website. Non-invasive reminders that project some form of data onto the user’s field of view are another main application of Augmented Reality — in medicine and also in architecture and the military.”

The Augmentarium is working on other applications of Augmented Reality technology, from fluid dynamics to performing arts. The centre is planning on working with the sports medicine centre in Cole Field House, to better detect subtle effects of traumatic brain injuries that previously have been impossible to visualize without Augmented Reality.

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