Augmented reality technology overlays various types of images onto real-world scenarios. One of the most well-known uses of augmented reality, or AR, includes the Pokemon Go app used to play the game on mobile devices. A more common example involves the guidelines displayed by a vehicle’s live stream camera when backing up. AR images are also displayed when an individual wears a specially designed headset, glasses or contact lenses. AR has many implications for the healthcare industry

The AED4EU App 

 Lucien Engelen from the Netherland’s Radboud University Nimmegen Medical Cenre developed the AED4EU app for mobile devices. By downloading the app, members of the public are quickly able to determine the location of automated external defibrillators, which are commonly called AEDs. Interested individuals merely need to go to the app’s website and scan the provided QR code. The code is compatible with European Junaio, Layar, and Wikitude browsers. In case of an emergency, users simply open the app and scan their location to find the nearest AED device. 

Accuvein 

 Statistics indicate that healthcare providers neglect to find a vein with an initial attempt up to 40% of the time. Veins are typically difficult to find in children, the elderly, and obese patients. Accuvein was invented to make intravenous access easier for medical professionals while reducing the traumatic experience for patients. Finding a vein requires projecting a handheld scanner over the skin, which emits a rectangular red light. Immediately, the device illuminates underlying vascular structures. Company marketing specialist Vinny Luciano reports that after more than 10 million uses, Accuvein improved the odds of accessing a vein during the first attempt by 3.5 times. 

HoloAnatomy 

 By using the HoloAnatomy software and Hololens headsets, medical instructors are able to provide students with thousands of detailed 3D images of the human body. The program enables users to select and position individual anatomical systems or organs for display. Images may also be enlarged up to 200% for a more detailed inspection. Med students are able to visualize the presentation simultaneously in a classroom or lab setting. Or, presentations might be made available remotely. Using a similar device known as Google Glass, surgeon Rafael Grossman M.D. performed gastronomy while wearing the headpiece, which also documented the procedure for live and future viewing.