The CAMDASS augmented reality system provides untrained personnel with instant medical know-how (Image: ESA/Space Applications Service NV)
The first CAMDASS augmented reality system prototype was built to facilitate ultrasound examinations (Photo: ESA/Space Applications Service NV)
The ultrasound probe is connected to the CAMDASS system (Photo: ESA/Space Applications Service NV)
The CAMDASS augmented reality system uses a head mounted display unit to provide the wearer with visual cues (Image: ESA/Space Applications Service NV)
The CAMDASS augmented reality system can be used for a range of applications, including surgery (Photo: ESA/Space Applications Service NV)
Before we are able to download knowledge straight to our brains - Matrix style - gaining medical expertise will remain a slow and painful process. That's fine by most people, who can just go and visit a trained doctor. But what if you are a member of a small team of specialists operating at a remote, isolated location with no immediate access to medical resources? Then you either need to be a doctor, or you need the Computer Assisted Medical Diagnosis and Surgery System. Devised by the European Space Agency (ESA), the augmented reality-based CAMDASS aims to provide astronauts with instant medical know-how.
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