100% of future surgeries could be performed using augmented reality, reveals trailblazing healthcare expert

  • Surgery using AR is as safe as traditional methods, but work still needs to be done to show it is just as effective and efficient, says Dr Witham.
  • Metaverse, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR) and AR to be addressed during groundbreaking discussions at the Summit

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: A number of leading experts, including the surgeon who performed the world’s first augmented reality (AR) head-mounted display spine surgery, Dr. Timothy Witham, will attend the Arab Health Future Health Summit, on February 2 at the Museum of the Future in Dubai.

Dr Witham, who is a professor of neurological surgery and orthopedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will lead a discussion on the opportunities and benefits that alternate reality will have for the healthcare industry, outlining the tools available to improve surgical safety and more. more effective, faster and more efficient.

“The definition of AR is when you take a computer generated image and overlay it onto your view of the real world. In AR, unlike virtual reality (VR), where you interact with a virtual world, we interact with the real world, but we have additional computer-generated images that are simultaneously used to project digital information into the existing environment,” said Dr. Witham.

“In 2020, we performed the first augmented reality spine surgery using a head-mounted display. This was achieved using an AR head-mounted device with a digital extension of the CT scan taken earlier. Finally, when we were operating and looking inside the patient, we had the CT scan right in our field of view.

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“Since then I have performed over 150 surgeries with AR and I can say that it is at least as good as robotics and has made huge strides in minimizing the need for repeats.

surgery due to misplaced spinal implants. It could also be the first step towards making all operations using AR,” he added.

As part of the summit, discussion will focus on metaversion and the opportunities it has to impact healthcare by taking advantage of artificial intelligence (AI), VR and AR to improve patient outcomes.

“Thanks to new technologies in healthcare, preventive medicine will gain new meaning. Blood analysis will be more advanced to the point that it will outline your entire genetic makeup. Based on this, AI will predict, for example, the risk of cancer or spine problems. We will then be able to implement restorative or regenerative procedures to prevent this problem before it becomes a problem requiring treatment,” explained Dr. Witham.

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With research from Market Research Future suggesting that the healthcare metaversion market could be worth more than $5.37 billion by 2030 and growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 48.3%, the Future Health Summit will provide invaluable insight on how everyone within the healthcare ecosystem in the industry can maximize the opportunities it provides.

The Future Health Summit takes place on Thursday 2 February 2023 at the Museum of the Future from 11pm to 2pm. A fully immersive invitation-only event for C-suite executives from the healthcare industry takes a deep dive into the future of healthcare and the possibilities in the Metaverse. World-renowned industry leaders, visionaries, metaverse experts, authors and futurists will offer their insights on the topic.

Reem Salah, Director – Leadership Healthcare Events, Informa Markets, said: “The Future Healthcare Summit promises to be one of the highlights of Arab Health in 2023. The program has an incredible line-up of industry experts who will outline the opportunities within the healthcare sector created by cutting-edge technology , which represents an ideal opportunity for networking and collaboration with industry leaders.

The Dubai Metaverse Strategy was launched only earlier this year, so it will also be a convenient and appropriate platform to discuss this exciting ‘virtual revolution’, assess its technological aspects and the positive impact they will have on the future direction of healthcare worldwide. Middle East.”

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In addition to the Future Health Summit, visitors to Arab Health 2023 will also be able to see first-hand the innovative ways technology is transforming healthcare delivery.

The number of delegate places is limited, so if you would like to request an invitation, please send an email to [email protected] or fill out this form.

For more information, please visit https://www.arabhealthonline.com/en/visit/future-health-summit.html, or to register for Arab Health 2023, log on to www.arabhealthonline.com.


About Arab health

Arab Health is the largest healthcare event in the Middle East and is organized by Informa Markets. Established 48 years ago, Arab Health provides a platform for the world’s leading manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to meet the medical and scientific community in the Middle East and the subcontinent.

The Arab Health Congress is recognized for providing the highest quality Continuing Medical Education (CME) conferences to medical professionals in the region.

Arab Health 2023 will be held from 30 January to 2 February 2023 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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