The role of virtual and augmented reality in orthopedic trauma surgery: From diagnosis to rehabilitation

Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine vol. 191

José Negrillo-Cárdenas; Juan-Roberto Jiménez-Pérez; Francisco R. Feito


Virtual and augmented reality have been used to assist and improve human capabilities in many fields. Most recent advances allow the usage of these technologies for personal and professional purposes. In particular, they have been progressively introduced in many medical procedures since the last century. Thanks to immersive training systems and a better comprehension of the ongoing procedure, their main objectives are to increase patient safety and decrease recovery time. The current and future possibilities of virtual and augmented reality in the context of bone fracture reduction are the main focus of this review. This medical procedure requires meticulous planning and a complex intervention in many cases, hence becoming a promising candidate to be benefited from this kind of technology. In this paper, we exhaustively analyze the impact of virtual and augmented reality to bone fracture healing, detailing each task from diagnosis to rehabilitation. Our primary goal is to introduce novel researchers to current trends applied to orthopedic trauma surgery, proposing new lines of research. To that end, we propose and evaluate a set of qualitative metrics to highlight the most promising challenges of virtual and augmented reality technologies in this context.

DOI: 10.1016/j.cmpb.2020.105407


author = {Jos\'e Negrillo-C\'ardenas and Juan Roberto Jim\'enez-P\'erez and Francisco Ram\'on Feito-Higueruela},
title = {The role of virtual and augmented reality in orthopedic trauma surgery: From diagnosis to rehabilitation},
journal = {Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine},
volume = {191},
year = {2020},
doi = {10.1016/j.cmpb.2020.105407},
issn = {0169-2607}