Ultrasound technology just advanced before our very eyes.
Evena Medical announced their new Eyes-On Augmented Reality Glasses 4.0, smart glasses that allow medical professionals to view ultrasound images on the display. The smart glasses eliminate the need for a monitor. This technology also allows sonographers to move freely without losing sight of the display.
According to Evena, people have less hand-eye coordination with distant objects. These smart glasses solve the issue by placing the image right in front of the sonographer’s eyes rather than a foot or two away on a monitor, allowing the sonographer to maintain steady hand-eye coordination.
While the technology has advanced, the procedure remains the same.
Similar to traditional ultrasound procedures, gel is applied to the area being examined while a transducer comes in contact with the body. The transducer sends a message wirelessly via Wi-Fi, LGE, or Bluetooth to the glasses. The glasses include a “near-eye” binocular display that beams the image out toward our nose. Each eye works separately to see this image, but the process signed precisely so that a person is seeing one image.
The image can also be enlarged, and Evena is working on glasses that include pupil tracking, a feature that can help provide a sharper image and control the device with the eyes.