How can new technologies help educate the medical professionals?
We live in a time when everything changes not even by year, not by month and not really a day – it comes down to a smaller measure of time when talking about the progress of new technology. As Moore’s law has predicted for decades, the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles every two years as the electronical aids improve. This, of course, directly translates to the capabilities of such devices. So, where have we gone now, in 2017?
Digital anatomy and pathology books are a thing that we are already used to by now. The newest technology does not even reside in various 3D models that became available a few years ago. When exploring the newest capabilities, we came across an amazing rising star among the many digital anatomy learning tools – Anatomy Next. Based in Seattle, they have developed an amazing collection of high-resolution 3D models of cranial nerves, incredibly simple-to-learn yet detailed schemes along with renders that might want to make you question your ability to distinguish them from the real thing. The biggest improvement, though, is the introduction of augmented reality in the world of medical education tools. This is achieved by exploiting the impressive capabilities of Microsoft Hololens – a tool that makes the augmented reality really come into life.
It is long known that visualizing things makes us remember them better, and this advancement does exactly that – it helps anything that can be rendered come in your life; literally. The holographic glasses allow the user to select any of the given anatomy models and project them in front of their eyes. The model then can be adjusted by hand signals, allowing the user to move, rotate, lean it any way the user wishes, and Anatomy Next model is an even more detailed one. Let’s give an example here – you have a highly-detailed render of the skull in front of you. The application allows you to delete or fade out parts of it, take a look at them from any angle you wish, see the most detailed parts in close-up and use the application’s ability to label the bones and parts of them. Now this is learning, not some old, dusty books!
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