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Augmented reality puts holograms, data at fingertips of surgeons

Orthopedics Today reports on the use of augmented reality (AR) by surgeons in the operating room and includes insight from Jonathan M. Vigdorchik, MD, hip and knee surgeon at HSS.

Dr. Vigdorchik underscored the value of AR. “You could make an argument to use it on everything, because any time you are adding information, you are adding value to the surgeon,” he noted.

He continued that AR is the “next step toward a small profile, easy to use, efficient, low-cost computer-aided technology.”

Dr. Vigdorchik explained, “[Augmented reality needs to be] more readily adoptable so that the surgeon doing two or three [total joint replacements] a month can easily use it. If there is a learning curve and the learning curve is 10 cases, doing two or three a month, it is going to take you 6 months to learn how to do it efficiently and you may not be willing to invest in that learning curve.”

Read the full article at Healio.com/news/orthopedics.