The University of Findlay’s ultrasound program adds augmented reality

MediView’s augmented reality technology displays live ultrasound images along with video streaming and video calls for medical professional collaboration.

FINDLAY, Ohio — We’ve seen virtual reality and augmented reality being used to enhance entertainment.

But now the University of Findlay is the first in the country to implement this growing technology in training the next generation of health professionals.

The University of Findlay has a new, state-of-the-art machine for its hands-on ultrasound program in the College of Health Professionals.

The school is the first higher education institution to use the MediView augmented reality ultrasound technology.

The program uses a headset that produces a heads-up display in a sonographer’s field of view. This allows the technician to view their patient and their ultrasound reading at the same time.

“So now you’re going to have these glasses, and you can place your machine anywhere in the room and move yourself around, squeezing around the other machines to be able to scan the patient while having your image right in front of your face,” says Jahannah Rea , sonographer of the university staff.

And this technology also has many educational features, allowing technicians to video call an instructor while using the machine, or stream their own display to other computers.

“It allows two people to see the same thing. You can also plug it into the outlet so the whole class can see the same content from the talk you’re presenting,” said Susan, president of the University of Findlay Diagnostic Services. cotton wool.

Instructors said as this technology develops, these first students learning to use it here at the University of Findlay will have an advantage when they get to work.

“It’s one less thing they have to train them for. So now maybe the students can help train some of the sonographers that are currently working because they’ve seen it and they’ve done it and already practiced on it.” Says Sarah Niese, Instructor and Clinical Coordinator

“But towards the end of their career, I can imagine virtual reality going to be part of that, so to learn it here and then transfer those skills when it comes to market will be great,” Watters said.

Students will be working with this new augmented reality technology in class this summer. And the University of Findlay hopes to add a second unit sometime in the future.

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