Augmented reality (AR), a technology that superimposes computer-generated information on a user's view of the real world, offers a new platform to help physicians better visualize complex medical data, particularly before and during medical procedures.
Researchers at the Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (MR) Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) evaluated AR's potential to help cardiologists visualize myocardial scarring in the heart as they execute ventricular tachycardia ablation or other electro-physiological interventions.
Myocardial scarring can occur in people who experience a heart attack and also stems from the surgical repair of congenital heart disease. By projecting three dimensional imagery onto a glass screen, worn like a diving mask on the surgeon's face, AR provides 3D depth perception, and allows surgeons to interact with the medical data, without physically touching a screen or computer mouse, preserving a hygienic environment. and reducing the risk of infection.