Tech in Medicine: Augmented Reality for Cardiovascular Education

With it’s realistic 3D visualization, augmented reality is considered to be the best method to learn about human anatomy. While 2D printed books only offer parts of our biology, augmented reality provides the possibility of understanding each part as if students are actually learning from a human body. For this ARUNEWS article, we will discuss how augmented reality is the innovation to learn about heart anatomy.

Usually, students will use a 3D heart model to learn about each part of the human heart. The props can also be disassembled to allow students to visualize the contents of the human heart. However, part of the heart is not only 1 heart with right-left atrium and right-left ventricle, there are also other parts and their functions that look different between the visual aids and the real heart.

GAMA Cardiac AR is one of ARUTALA’s innovation products which was created as a learning tool for medical students. This application contains learning modules and quizzes as a means of measuring students’ understanding of learning materials.

The module in the application presents materials such as anterior and posterior, internal, heart valve, right atrium, left atrium, coronary circulation, and conduction system which of course is presented with 3D visualization. The material is also adjusted based on students’ abilities with the division of beginner and intermediate levels, which is also applied to the quiz menu.

To bring up the 3D animation, the user needs to scan the AR marker and press the annotation table to bring up a detailed explanation of each part of the anatomy of the heart. An easy, affordable and fun way to learn the anatomy of the human heart.

With the complexity of understanding the integrated mechanism of human heart contraction, visual representation has the potential to enhance learning environments and the ability to understand those subjects. By presenting visualization for medical students, augmented reality has proven to be the most accurate tool in actual interventions. 

Students that use Augmented Reality as a learning platform showed increased understanding in complex subjects and a significant difference in scores for the final exam in the heart anatomy course.  (Trescha – News).