Dental surgeons in Japan train for their craft using mixed reality (MR) simulation programme. Jim Drury has more.
Learning dentistry using a unique mixed reality simulation programme. J. Morita Corporation says its Japanese prototype allows trainee dentists to learn much of their trade virtually. SOUNDBITE (Japanese) DENTIST AND SYSTEM CO-DEVELOPER, TSUTOMU KUBOTA, SAYING: "Usually, we would have to use our imagination to determine the area that needs treatment, while looking at an x-ray, and then sync that information with what we are physically seeing in our patients. The merit behind this technology is that anyone can see the same information and implement treatment safely." Other dental simulators have used either augmented reality or virtual reality, but never both together. Inside a head-mounted display, a stereo camera shows videos of oral cavities. Computer-generated images display information about the nerves and blood vessels of teeth. Each patient's medical records and background information can also be seen. A commercial product could be ready within two years.