Healthcare video training complements AR technologies

The future blends lab coats and AR technology.*

Healthcare video training remains a significant component in interactive media advancements like Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR). It remains a vital tool that complements medical training and patient education. It isn’t a simple case of out with the old and in with the new. Base components that enhance media developments cement their values.

AR applications are gaining momentum in surgical simulation, patient care and rehabilitation, diagnostic imaging, among others, in the healthcare industry. While it appears that healthcare video training has become a grandfather platform, it hasn’t outlived its value. In fact it has become more valuable with its base components like motion graphics and animation enhancing interactive media  such as AR, VR and MR.

AR in Diagnostic Imaging

The Depth 3D (D3D) imaging of AR and VR technologies in diagnostic imaging provides depth perception of intricate anatomical structures which allows physicians to review the images more effectively. Using AR & VR technologies is also believed to reduce processing related interpretation errors, according to a study led by David Douglas of the Department of Radiology in  Stanford University.

Elaine’s Diagnostic Test

Meanwhile, in North York, Toronto 32-year-old Elaine D. was up bright and early for her thyroid ultrasound.

She was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Cancer four years ago and had a hemithyroidectomy 6 months after diagnosis to remove the left lobe of her thyroid gland. Thankfully, her biopsy revealed that the cancer was benign. However, her follow up thyroid ultrasound showed some nodules on the right lobe. Her endocrinologist placed her on a treatment plan that involved thyroid pills and a yearly thyroid ultrasound to monitor the nodules.

As Elaine lay on the ultrasound table, the sonographer rubbed gel on her neck area and started to run the machine to render the images of the nodules. He was checking for changes in size. He was also checking for new growths.

It was a fast procedure. It probably took less than 20 minutes for the sonographer to render all the images he needed.

“Hey wouldn’t it be awesome if you can see everything for real in front of you?  You can enlarge and inspect the layers, and all the minute parts of those nodules. I’m talking about 3D images floating on air. You can touch, swipe, enlarge and even separate the layers! ” Elaine said while wiping off the gel from her neck.

“I know. I’m very careful not to miss anything. You can’t miss anything especially if it’s thyroid cancer. That’s why I had to see the different angles,” the sonographer answered while finishing some notes on Elaine’s ultrasound exam.

Elaine picked up her purse and started to leave. She looked around the exam room and can’t help but visualize 3D images floating in the air… She imagined seeing and scrutinizing the “bugs” that have silently invaded her body. That would be the day, she thought as she left the clinic.

The reality is that AR has arrived when it comes to diagnostic imaging. It hasn’t reached Elaine’s diagnostic imaging lab just yet…

AR, VR & Healthcare Video Training

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Magic happens when the picture leaps out of the screen.*

The 2017 market report of Grand View Research Inc. states that the global AR and VR healthcare market is expected to reach US$1B by 2025, driven by applications in surgical simulations, diagnostic imaging, patient care management, rehabilitation and healthcare management.

VR was just peeking through the shadows of the healthcare industry in 2016. Read our story on this here. 

AR has numerous benefits to the healthcare industry.  Similar to VR and MR, AR helps simplify complex medical procedures and abstract theories to medical students and practitioners.

Elements of healthcare video training such as motion graphics and animation are taken to the next level in AR and VR. For example the 360 VR videos of Medical Realities make medical students observe a surgical team perform a procedure in the operating room.

See how we’ve utilized motion graphics and animation in this video

Additionally, medical practitioners and students can gather information through AR in real time without disengaging from procedure. For instance, training on administering a new intravenous treatment can be best done through AR.

In all these, healthcare video training remains a vital support for AR and VR technologies. Documentation of AR and VR assisted medical procedures is made possible through video recordings. When real time training isn’t possible, the next best thing is to view the healthcare videos on rewind.

Moreover, healthcare video training complements AR and VR in medical education. Practical applications of the technology is best shown over videos. Video training is absorbed faster and fosters better recall over training manuals.

On the other hand, impressive visual stimulation prompts patients like Elaine to expect fun and engagement. Healthcare video training serves as an excellent patient resource material to support AR and VR platforms. Pharmaceutical companies will be more effective and efficient in their patient education campaigns when the 3 platforms are integrated. * O. Montelibano