Augmented reality arrives in medical books.

The Paraná Otorhinolaryngology Institute and the motion designer Mauro Castro publish an augmented reality otoplasty book.

Bringing previously unimaginable situations into the real environment. Being able to watch a surgery in 3-D is no longer just something from cartoons or the future. It’s part of the present and a reality. Augmented reality is already playing a role in various areas, including medicine.

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Dr. Caio Soares / Mauro Castro

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Dr. Caio Soares / Mauro Castro

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Dr. Caio Soares / Mauro Castro

An example of this is a recently-published book by the Paraná Otorhinolaryngology Institute (Instituto Paranaense de Otorrinolaringologia), or IPO, in Curitiba, done in partnership with the motion designer Mauro Castro, who was responsible for the augmented reality technology. The book is called “Otoplasty” and was written by Caio Soares, M.D. It is the first book that will include digital content.

“It will be possible to move, rotate and interact with a three-dimensional model, as well as to obtain information from text and audio to explain each part of the human ear.

Within the text, it will be possible to access graphics and animations regarding the surgical procedure and, at the end, it will be possible to access a video of the surgery,” says the motion designer Mauro Castro, who is responsible for the technology used in the book.

The book “Otoplasty” had already been published by the Paraná Otorhinolaryngology Institute in a traditional format in 2016.

“Updating it with technology, giving it life and making it stand out, is a way to make the content more dynamic and more attractive. This facilitates learning and attracts a larger number of professionals and students from the area,” Dr. Caio Soares explains.

“The book is the synthesis of a dense study, presented in a step-by-step format. It contains graphics and illustrations that will be more powerful with 3-D elements,” Dr. Soares added.

Dr. Soares noted that readers will view a printed page with an illustration of an ear with its different parts marked. Using either a smart phone or tablet, it will be possible to access a three-dimensional model of the ear and interact with it, gaining a better understanding of the concepts and applications, as well as being able to watch two surgeries being performed.

According João Luiz Garcia de Faria, M.D., the director of the Paraná Otorhinolaryngology Institute Hospital, investing in augmented virtual reality means being able to adapt teaching to technology since the Institute, in addition to being a point of reference in the area of otorhinolaryngology, is also a point of reference in the academic and cultural area. Dr. Faria says,

“The Paraná Otorhinolaryngology Institute clinical staff has a large measure of responsibility for teaching. Opening up a new academic vision and adapting the students to technology means providing quality teaching, placing practice and reality in the instructor’s hands.” He adds that, “Far beyond investing in augmented reality, the Paraná Otorhinolaryngology Institute aims to create, in a short time, a complete library in the otorhinolaryngology area that is fully in augmented reality and aimed solely and exclusively at teaching our students and future doctors.”

According to Mauro Castro, imaging exams had already revolutionized medicine some time ago. He says that, “Today, augmented reality will make an addition, mainly in regard to portability, where the doctor can access videos and content from his or her smart phone or tablet anywhere.”

According to Mr. Castro, the necessary technology is all available and ready to be used creatively in order to improve available content. He adds, “This was our purpose in beginning the project with the Paraná Otorhinolaryngology Institute. Initially with augmented reality, and then with the implementation of new technologies that are being studied, such as virtual and mixed reality.”

Mr. Castro has a great deal of experience with augmented reality. He has made digital additions to other scientific publications and participated in relevant events, such as Hospitalar 2018 in São Paulo, RIO2C in Rio de Janeiro and SXSW in Austin, Texas-USA.

Text: Sumi Costa (press office)

“Otoplastia” em Realidade Aumentada
Autor: Caio Soares
Tecnologia do projeto: Motion Designer, Mauro Castro

IPO — Instituto Paranaense de Otorrinolaringologia
Avenida República Argentina, 2069 — Curitiba — Paraná

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Dr. Washington Luiz
Grupo Otorrinos

Computed tomography, resonance, and imaging have revolutionized medicine in the past, and augmented reality brings a new digital imaging revolution! "Said Dr. Washington Luiz, founding partner of Grupo Otorrinos.

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Dr. Artur Grinfeld
Grupo Otorrinos

According to Dr. Artur Grinfeld, doctor and partner of Otorrinos, technology goes hand in hand with medicine and Augmented Reality has arrived to stay and add value to the service provided by the group Otorrinos!

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Dr. Caio Soares

Refreshing the books technologically, giving life and prominence, is a way to streamline content and make them more attractive. This facilitates learning and entices a greater number of professionals and students in the area

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