DIY X-Ray?

The AnatOnMe – a new device that is able to “project X-rays” on to parts of the body – may become extremely useful in the physiotherapy process. Developed by Microsoft researchers, it has a digital camera, infrared camera, projector and laser pointer and has the capacity to “display stock images of six types of injury directly on to the patient's skin or a model to help them understand the impact it has had on their body.” Six types of injury can be displayed by the project “directly on the patient’s skin.” Alternatively, a model can be used for this, which will help practitioners develop a greater understanding on the impact this has had on the patient’s body.

Great Aid to Doctors

This tool will really be of great assistance to doctors. It is going to be able to provide a picture comprising “underlying bone structure, muscle tissue, tendons and nerves.” Pictures are taken and progress through video documented while there are checks made on how well the patient is performing their exercises. Using an infrared camera, a doctor has the capacity of “drawing on the image with the laser pointer.” The picture can then be printed and added to the patient’s file.

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Other Benefits

There will be other benefits to this tool as well. In general, those suffering chronic conditions are less likely to continue with their treatments – statistics show this figure to be around 30 to 50 percent who wouldn’t stay the course. So with this gadget there is now a greater chance that they will be treated as needed. The hope from the researchers is that the gadget will be more successful in encouraging their patients to complete their physiotherapy courses. As well, those who have tried out the device from a reviewing standpoint, were said to have “delivered a more engaging and informative experience than a traditional consultation.” It is also quite an interesting concept vis-à-vis technology since until now, this has been “relatively absent from face-to-face communication and education opportunities between doctors and patients.”


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