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International Journal of Frontiers in Medicine, 2023, 5(6); doi: 10.25236/IJFM.2023.050611.

Application and development of augmented reality in the medical field


Du Wenjia1, Yan Ziqi2

Corresponding Author:
Du Wenjia

1Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences, Shandong First Medical University, Tai'an, Shandong, China

2Ocean University of China, Qingdao, Shandong, China


This paper provides a systematic review of augmented reality (AR) technologies and their applications in medical diagnosis and treatment from 1988-2023. The paper is categorised by key technologies of augmented reality and medical diagnosis and treatment applications. For AR key technologies, 67 articles were researched. Among them, AR key technologies can be divided into three methods: display, calibration and tracking, with video perspective display technology dominating the field. For calibration technologies, 17 articles were included in the review, and we discussed methods based on graphic markers, optical markers and markerless calibration, respectively; for positional tracking technologies, 15 articles were counted, and we discussed methods based on markers, simultaneous localisation and map building, and optical flow-based tracking, respectively; for application areas of AR technologies, simulation teaching and training, surgical guidance and telemedicine were included in the review Scope.


augmented reality, medical treatment, posture calibration, posture tracking, surgical guidance

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Du Wenjia, Yan Ziqi. Application and development of augmented reality in the medical field. International Journal of Frontiers in Medicine (2023), Vol. 5, Issue 6: 65-76. https://doi.org/10.25236/IJFM.2023.050611.


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