Applications of Virtual and Augmented Reality in Biomedical Imaging

  • Santiago González IzardEmail author
  • Juan A. Juanes Méndez
  • Pablo Ruisoto Palomera
  • Francisco J. García-Peñalvo
Mobile & Wireless Health
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Technological Innovations in Biomedical Training and Practice (TEEM 2018)


Virtual and Augmented Reality has experienced a steady growth in medicine in recent years. At the same time, the radiological images play a central role in the diagnosis and planification of surgical approaches. The aim of this study is to present the first attempt to enhanced radiological image visualization using virtual and augmented reality for better planification and monitorization of surgeries. This application allows to move beyond traditional two-dimensional images towards three-dimensional models that can be visualized and manipulated with both Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. We propose possible approaches to automate the segmentation of radiological images, using computer vision techniques and Artificial Intelligence.


Virtual reality Augmented reality DICOM 3D visualization Radiological images Image segmentation 



The authors would like to thank ARSOFT company for their technical work and the Education in Knowledge Society PhD Programme of the University of Salamanca for their support.


This project has been funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, as part of the Spanish National Program of Research, Development and Innovation for Challenges of Society, as part of the National Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation, with expedient number RTC-2017-6682-1.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ARSOFTVillamayorSpain
  2. 2.VisualMed System GroupUniversity of SalamancaSalamancaSpain
  3. 3.GRIAL Research GroupUniversity of SalamancaSalamancaSpain

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