Augmented Reality (AR) Assisted Laryngoscopy for Endotracheal Intubation Training

Conference Paper

Medical trainees require sufficient practice to gain the experience and confidence needed to safely and reliably perform endotracheal intubations. While video laryngoscopy has been used to provide an advanced glottic view that can reduce intubation failure, prevent prolonged intubation time, and reduce repeated intubation attempts, most current devices require visualization on external monitors, disrupting the direct line-of-sight view. These devices also present a deep intra-oral view of the airway that may not be visible during a typical unassisted intubation attempt. As a result, these differences create new challenges to gaining competency in the standard, direct laryngoscopy technique when using video laryngoscopy as a learning tool. To address these challenges, Lenovo Research and the Duke Neonatal Intensive Care Unit jointly developed an Augmented Reality-Assisted Laryngoscopy (ARAL) system using a head-mounted device (HMD). Healthcare providers with minimal intubation experience wore an HMD while performing intubations on an infant manikin with a camera attached to the laryngoscope blade. An enhanced image of the patient’s airway was projected onto the visual field of the HMD, giving the intubators improved oral and glottic visualization while still maintaining focus on the direct line-of-sight view. Our user survey evaluates the effectiveness of the ARAL system, the configuration of the AR view, and the users’ behaviors and preferences when switching their attention between the AR view and the direct line-of-sight view. The approach of using an AR HMD to provide live camera feeds to assist health care providers in performing medical procedures is novel and can be expanded to many other areas of medicine. The advantages of maintaining the direct line-of-sight view during a procedure, in addition to improved supervisory capabilities, have the potential to improve efficacy and efficiency of a wide range of medical and surgical procedures.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Qian, M; Nicholson, J; Tanaka, D; Dias, P; Wang, E; Qiu, L

Published Date

  • January 1, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11575 LNCS /

Start / End Page

  • 355 - 371

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1611-3349

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0302-9743

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9783030215644

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-3-030-21565-1_24

Citation Source

  • Scopus