Meet Edward. Edward is a patient of Watford General Hospital, just outside of London, UK.
Edward needed plastic surgery to remove skin cancer from his face and replace that with normal tissue from elsewhere on his face. This required the operating surgeon to create a ‘flap’ to redesign the area where the skin cancer had been to minimise the scarring.
To enable Edward to have this surgery outside of the specialist center at The Royal Free Hospital in London, Proximie’s augmented reality platform was used so that Consultant Plastic Surgeon Ash Mosahebi could support his registrar in the procedure through a livestream from the tablet in the operating theatre to his laptop miles away. Mr. Mosahebi could then lend his expertise by using a special camera to draw on this shared view of the patient by marking precisely where the incision should be made for the registrar to see.
Proximie’s technology enables surgeons to relay precise instructions about a procedure to surgical colleagues at another location by marking procedural annotations and instructions on the screen of their tablet, desktop computer, laptop or mobile phone. This is known as augmented reality.
Augmented reality technology works by providing a live feed of a real-world environment. New information can then be overlaid on top of that image using computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.
It means that patients need not travel to specialist centers in order to benefit from their clinical expertise.
Mr. Mosahebi said: “We have one of the country’s best plastic surgery services here at the Royal Free and we are always looking at how new technology can improve the care we provide to patients.
“Proximie allows patients, wherever they are in the UK, to access the expertise here at the Royal Free and it allows us to guide, train and support surgeons in other locations. I hope that this technology could lead to a more efficient NHS – allowing patients to benefit from first-rate expertise wherever they are in the country.”
Watch the video of Edward’s experience below: