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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The Transparent Patient
Several companies are currently developing 'augmented reality' systems to help surgeons to simultaneously see inside and outside their patients. In this short article titled "And No, It's Not for Seeing Through Clothes," Fast Company describes a solution from Siemens.

This system consists of a custom video-see-through head-mounted display (HMD), two color video cameras attached to the HMD that provide ultrasound, magnetic resonance (MR), or computer tomography (CT) pre-recorded images, and a third infrared video camera for tracking what's doing the surgeon.

Such systems could become available in three to five years. But they will not be cheap. A complete augmented reality system should cost as much as $400,000. This overview contains other details, references and illustrations of some Siemens technologies that will make patients appear transparent.
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