While AR was common only a couple of years ago, it has been adopted by healthcare organizations for several years. It has certainly proven a blessing for doctors and patients to incorporate the use of augmented reality in patient care in the healthcare industry. AR provides physicians and doctors with the ability to diagnose, treat, and perform surgery on their patients more efficiently than ever before by providing real-time data and patient information faster. Previously, in the operating room, surgeons used screens to view the images produced by an endoscopic camera. This method was dangerous because to see these pictures regularly they had to look to the camera. Today, using AR technology, during the operation, surgeons will wear a smart glass and focus on the task at hand, which can help improve the surgery’s accuracy. Including surgery, there are several other technologies that can improve the experience of the patient using augmented reality for patient care.

Advanced Diagnostics

AR may play a vital role in conducting accurate diagnosis , it can be used to look at the internal organs of patients. Advanced diagnostics can also help the doctor monitor and detect early symptoms of a disease and help the patient to be treated early in the disease. AR diagnostics will provide doctors with real-time information to get a clear view of the patient’s anatomy.

Surgery Assistance

Three-dimensional visualization of internal injuries or tumors may help surgeons become more effective and accurate in planning and executing the procedure. AR can assist with long and complicated operations. It can minimize time, reduce risk, and improve performance. To support surgeons during surgical procedures, various software providers offer resources to project diagnostic images such as CT scans and MRI data on a patient’s body.

Patient Assistance

AR, together with VR, will enable a surgeon to virtually transport himself to any hospital in the world, enabling effective patient-doctor communication and direct another surgeon through an operation. AR can also be used to include details such as the medical history of the patient and the vital statistics that appear at the request of a surgeon to a reference panel.

Vein Visualization

Taking blood from a patient’s vein to conduct various medical tests is a painful and uncomfortable process. If they are injected several times to find a vein, the experience gets worse. The first intravenous doses fail most times, and the rate rises for children and older patients. AR can project veins across the skin with the aid of near-infrared imaging to minimize the number of injection failures in patients. Global leaders in medical imaging technologies, for example, use handheld scanners to visualize the vein. Vein simulation improved the success ratio of the first injection by 98%.

Ultrasound scanning

AR can be used as an ultrasound scanner that can work like traditional ones with the help of smart glasses. As proper hand-eye coordination and 3D visualization skills are required to guide the biopsy needle to the target tissue, ultrasound-guided biopsies are difficult to perform. Nevertheless, together AR and head-mounted display devices, this method can be made simpler and more efficient by removing the need to always look at the screen for ultrasound scanning. For contrast to VR, AR can also be used to view a pregnant woman’s womb and see the fetus ‘ movement.

Patient aftercare

In order to successfully cure a disease, a person may need to continue some treatment or therapy even after leaving the hospital. AR will help patients who leave hospitals by serving as a healthcare assistant to keep track of their condition at home. A person can manage their diet plan and monitor how much food they eat with AR.  Patients can keep a regular track of their health, medical condition using various AR powered tools or apps that help them to increase their cardio, record blood pressure and level of stress, hence improve overall health.

Educating patients

AR can be used to inform people about the disease’s symptoms that can guide and in turn help to decide  to visit the doctor more effectively. It can be incredibly life-saving to educate people about the damage that a disease can have and how to stop getting into trouble with the aid of AR. Marker-based AR can be used as a 3-D model to illustrate the medicine information and how it works within our body. AR can also be used to educate a patient’s family members about the effects of a disease that can help them contribute to the patient’s well-being.

Surgeons can also use AR to show a patient what operation the patient is about to undergo and what the surgery’s plans are. Showing the patient the procedure will help the surgeon gain the patient’s trust. It will also allow the patient to relax rather than be nervous about the surgery. Augmented Reality for patient care has already demonstrated improved health results and will certainly bring more significant changes in the years to come.