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A TECHNIQUE FOR COMMUNICATING WITH A PATIENT USING AUGMENTED REALITY VISUAL CUES

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248529D
Publication Date: 2016-Dec-14
Document File: 4 page(s) / 75K

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Abstract

A technique for communicating with a patient using augmented reality (AR) is proposed. The technique includes application in real time of AR to provide visual cues related to instructions given to the patient. Vocal cues given to the patient are re-enforced using still or animated visual cues in real time for effectively communicating the instructions.

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A TECHNIQUE FOR COMMUNICATING WITH A PATIENT USING AUGMENTED REALITY VISUAL CUES

BACKGROUND

 

The present disclosure relates generally to communicating instructions to patients and more particularly to a technique for communicating with a patient using augmented reality visual cues.

Currently, patients undergoing medical exams such as diagnostic imaging are given instructions in real time generally, through an intercom or the patient listens to a pre-recorded message. For example, a technician speaks through an intercom to communicate instructions for breathing pattern to the patient in the bore during diagnostic imaging. However, verbal instructions through intercoms or pre-recorded messages do not serve various populations of patients including hard of hearing or deaf, children, and those facing various other mental and physical conditions disabling or reducing comprehension of verbal instructions.

One conventional technique includes providing instructions prior to the exam. Another conventional technique includes using lights such as, changing light color in the bore of an imaging system or LED light signals to communicate with the patient during the exam.  However, prior instructions and light signals are not effective as patients tend to forget or are unable to comply due to stress felt during the medical exam. Also, light signals may not suffice for complex or lengthy instructions. Yet another conventional technique includes recording patient reaction time, creating videos of organ movement and using mirrored lenses and a projector to display visual instructions and graphics of breathing pattern that the patient is urged to meet. However, such technique is complex and difficult for patient to follow during stress of undergoing an exam.

It would be desirable to have an improved technique for communicating with a patient that facilitates comprehension of instructions by the patient.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

Figure 1 depicts a technique for communicating with a patient during a medical exam using augmented reality visual cues supplementing verbal instructions.

Figure 2 depicts visual cues used by the technique of communicating with the patient described herein. Visual cues may also be animated to display a more descriptive instruction.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

A technique for communicating with a patient using augmented reality is proposed. The technique includes application in real time of augmented reality (AR) to provide visual cues related to instructions given to the patient. Vocal cues given to the patient are re-enforced using still or animated visual cues in real time for effectively communicating instructions to the patients.

The proposed technique uses augmented reality to provide digital instructions in real time, for example during the medical exam to the patient. The technique may also change environment perceived by the patient if requested or required. The technique may provide visuals which distract the patient from stre...