Max Super Specialty Hospital, SAS Nagar, on Saturday launched an 'Augmented Reality (AR) App' to commemorate World Arthritis Day which falls on Sunday.
The initiative was a part of a public awareness drive of the hospital and to also provide a platform for patients to understand arthritis and joint replacement concepts.
Augmented reality is gradually used for more practical purposes apart from providing digital content to users of smart phones. It is also being used in the field of medicine.
Dr Manuj Wadhwa, director and head, Max Elite Institute of Orthopedics and Joint Replacement, SAS Nagar, said, "This technology is going to play an important role in the future of medicine and is rapidly gaining importance among medical professionals. This technology can be used to make complex surgical procedures easier."
The app enables surgeons to show patient a composite 3D view of how knee joints look and move and explain the procedure of the joint replacement surgery. It works on any camera-enabled smart phone or tablet.
The 3D knee automatically superimposes on the patient's knee, thus enabling the patient to visualise his own knee.