When augmented reality facilitates diagnosis

From November 13 to 16, 2017, the world's largest medical trade show will be held in Düsseldorf. Our teams from the Augmented Healthcare labo will be there to present an exclusive demo of their "3D localization" technology.

Already known for years for its recreational uses, augmented reality is a technology that makes it possible to embed virtual elements into a real world seen on screens. Training, diagnosis assistance, equipment monitoring: applications in the world of health care are increasingly common.

In medicine, the 3D localization makes it possible to accurately mark objects (organs, devices, equipment) in an image or video. This technology has become essential to diagnosis, therapies, and medical monitoring procedures. However, the medical solutions currently in use remain expensive, complex, and invasive.

To overcome these obstacles, b<>com has chosen to work with an RGB-D depth camera, which is widely used in the world of gaming, and very affordable. The 3D Localization technology developed by b<>com enables the detection, location, and real-time tracking of 3D objects in augmented reality applications. It is non-invasive and requires no markers. It is inexpensive and easy to deploy, and has many applications.

As an exclusive demo for Medica, the teams from b<>com will show how it is possible to accurately calculate hip looseness (flexion and abduction), such as for post-operative follow-up. This medical examination is currently done mainly using a goniometer, whose accuracy is limited. A digital solution for this type of exam also has the benefit of leaving the doctor's hands free and enables a more effective view of the patient's progress over time.

Demonstration from November 13 to 16 at Medica – Düsseldorf, hall 17 – booth A23