3 Ways Mixed Reality Is Changing Healthcare

Healthcare and technology have been an attractive combination in the modern digital age. Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have been game changers. There’s also a new player in – mixed reality (MR). An interesting article on Channel Futures Channel Futures technology and media platform defines this new form of interactive tech is a mixture of virtual and augmented reality, creating a new way to interact with everything around us. Also known as ‘hybrid reality’ and ‘extended reality’, MR’s potential spans across every industry imaginable. In healthcare, MR can help simple and complex medical procedures become easier and safer.
The Channel Future’s article shares three ways mixed reality has the potential to revolutionize the healthcare industry.
  1. Instant diagnoses. “MR glasses are being built that can display images and information on top of a patient’s body and even perform instant analysis of a patient’s condition. The day is almost here when doctors wearing MR glasses will be able to look at a patient and instantly know not just a patient’s vitals, but what the most likely diagnoses are.”
  2. Medical training, mixed reality style. “By leveraging MR, medical students can operate on cadavers in an environment that replicates what it’s like to perform surgery on a live patient. With the implementation of half reality and half simulation, these mixed reality surgeries can respond to a student’s actions as if it were a real procedure. Students can now practice with realistic virtual procedures that don’t risk anyone’s life.”
  3. Enhanced surgery. “Surgeons can make use of mixed reality and carry out virtual procedures with more accuracy than ever. Mixed reality glasses or screens can project real-time information (such as blood pressure and heart rate), patient imaging and more. MR can even help doctors monitor vitals and changes in a patient’s condition better than they can with the naked eye. MR imaging also provides real-time 3D views of anatomy, giving surgeons more detail and helping them make better informed decisions during procedures.”


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