Medical Illustration has been at the forefront of technological developments when it comes to gaining real time visual data from patients, and Augmented Reality is yet another stage in the advancement of modern medical practice. From the x-ray to endoscopy, to the MRI and VMS, or Virtual Medical Simulations, the Medical Industry is always seeking better ways to understand a patient's physical condition and develop better tools. Augmented Reality will add another page to this history, and the time to develop new applications using this technology is here. Apple and Android introduced ARKit and ARCore, their respective AR platforms, making it possible for anyone with a smartphone, tablet, or AR eyewear to access Augmented Reality apps, opening up the possibilities for new ways to implement Augmented Reality to a much wider market.
Augmented Reality uses the camera as the source of the interface, allowing the computer information to mesh seamlessly with one's unique perspective. Photorealistic graphics can render environments to alter the setting, avatars can be used as instructors, 3D virtual objects can be manipulated and programmed with the ability to deliver real time sensory feedback for a fully immersive and interactive simulation experience. DDA is one of the leaders in VMS development for the Medical Industry and we can see ways for computer technology to advance methods to aid, and ultimately replace, the current MRI system.
The principles behind the development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI as it is commonly known, were discovered in the 1930's, but a fully-functional MRI system was not frequently used until the 1970's. While the MRI has served to remove some of the burdens and risks associated with x-Ray technology, the equipment can be expensive and requires major installation and maintenance costs. Also, the current MRI system does not accommodate the need for real time interactivity between the visual data and the medical team. Surgeons and doctors can make better use of medical graphics if they are integrated into actual practice, without waiting for a processing time. AR will overlay imaging information generated by other radiological devices onto the real world patient to provide internal anatomical and image guidance information, thus facilitating and making more visual/accurate today's image guided procedures.
As more hospitals and clinics transition from MRI technology to more streamlined methods, Augmented Reality can become a valuable tool, first as an additional visualization method, and eventually as the preferred platform for further development. The reduced costs and ease of use, as well as the increased feasibility of technological advancement in the future, make Augmented Reality a highly promising system for the Radiology industry, and for the future of Medical visualization systems that are fully integrated into medical practice.
Users will access apps from their smartphone or tablet. Because of the widespread use of MRI technology, an initial app concept will enable better remote operation of MRI equipment and allow technicians to scan patients with different visualization methods, employing techniques borrowed from both thermographic and resonance imaging technology. Real time dynamic scanning will allow for efficient data collection, and contrast and legibility will be able to be adjusted.
For cutting edge concept development, Augmented Reality is poised to become a vital tool for advanced surgical procedures, acting in concert with endoscopic, minimally invasive techniques. Augmented Reality has the potential to take Radiological technology directly into the OR and the doctor's office, without the conventional lag time between visualization and treatment. As endoscopes, needles, catheters and other instruments are inserted into the body, the medical professional will be able to see their interaction with the organs in the body. The visual display of the organs can be turned on and off, highlighted, and rendered with diagrammatic or photorealistic detail. Fluid distribution, injection, and circulation can be viewed in real time and the effects measured. As an adjunct to minimally invasive practice, Augmented Reality will soon become the new standard for medical and surgical visualization systems.
DDA is a medical Augmented Reality app company with a long standing experience in software development for the Medical and Healthcare industry. Our first AR project was introduced in 2009, and we received the Tabby Award in 2012 for the Best Healthcare iPad App of the year. The introduction of ARKit and ARCore has made the possibility for future development in medical software for all types of medical specialties more open and broadly available for consideration. There has never been a more advantageous time to create innovative mobile apps for the medical industry, and we are excited about the possibilities for the field of Radiology.
DDA is conveniently located just outside of Philadelphia, and we are equipped with all of the latest technology necessary to complete any software production project in-house. Our vertically integrated studio is made up of a team of experienced, fully degreed professionals that employ a logical approach to Augmented Reality mobile software development. A step-by-step process keeps our clients fully informed along the way, and incorporates any computer language and any special features necessary for an innovative yet robust and flexible solution. Whether the project requires 3D modeling and animation, extensive database management, or any type of custom software programming and design, DDA is a medical Augmented Reality app company that is ready to meet the challenge and exceed your expectations. If you would like to know more about our Augmented Reality app for Radiology, or if you have an idea you think is well suited for Augmented Reality, we'd be happy to set up a time to discuss it in detail.