Augmented-reality and Virtual-reality are making 3D printing of anatomical models using advance imaging in the past few years. AR and VR are moving forward by powerful graphics designing. Soon it will create a way to visualize body structures and aid clinicians who will be performing procedures on them. According to Justin Sutherland, assistant professor in the department of radiology at the University of Ottawa, the user tools in AR and VR technology are still in early development. Now the new technology using AR and VR has three capabilities that make it suitable for medical applications. It will help users with visualization, virtuality, and perspective generation. Eventually, the AR and VR are going to offer significant advancements in 3D models.
Augmented-reality and Virtual-reality are going to enable examination and manipulation over body structures. Clinicians and patients will be able to study the body organs more effectively. However, 3D visualization in the clinical field is one area that is lacking. AR and VR visualization primarily belongs to gaming designs. Now, not only doctors but patients also can see the body organ in different perspectives by rotating the 3D model. Sutherland also said that the last puzzle piece is input capabilities that allow for intuitive information access. Edward Quigley, MD, and Radiologist in the radiology department said that clinicians could find advantages in viewing anatomical structures with AR and VR.
The new visualization technique allows clinicians to add annotations and different color segments to differentiate structures. However, the panelists said at the RSNA session that a lot of work lies ahead before using AR and VR technology in medical applications. Clinicians need to learn and adapt to the new technology into their daily practice. Nicole Wake, assistant professor in the department of radiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, shows the benefits of 3D printing. Nicole did research, which shows $1000 savings per procedure when the models are used in tandem with surgical intervention. Many surgeons showed interest in 3D models than AR/WR glasses.