• Advanced visualization in patient care

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  • The challenge

    Seeing what’s happening during medical procedures



Healthcare practitioners need greater clarity and accuracy for better patient outcomes. 

The size and setup of traditional surgical navigation systems can be cumbersome and restrictive. 

With current visualization technology, practitioners often face a screen and look away from the patient during a procedure, relying on memory and approximation.

  • Virtual tools with less lag

    Augmented reality (AR) can require massive bandwidth and computing power for rendering with ultralow latency. Multi-access edge computing (MEC) could help reduce lag, bringing the processing power closer to the endpoint.

  • 5G opportunities

    Near real-time medical imaging with 5G and AR

5G could enable a more immersive care environment, improving decisions and surgical efficiency.

5G provides the massive capacity and throughput necessary for complex image processing with ultralow lag.

AR could also help bring medical imaging and other patient information together, to help improve efficiency and reduce the potential for error.

How it works

    • Augmented reality could inform decisions at all stages of the surgical process.

      • A surgeon puts on an AR headset that keeps her hands free and doesn’t interfere with her field of vision during the procedure.

      • She could overlay detailed 3D image scans of the patient’s internal organs, tissues and bones using the high bandwidth of 5G to map her patient’s anatomy.

      • As the procedure continues, the surgeon could interact with 3D images and navigate to the information she needs.
      • This near real-time rendering and manipulation of AR is critical to a safe procedure and would be made possible by the low lag of 5G and enhanced with MEC.

      • Having the patient information right in front of her is critical when dealing with a critical situation like a surgery.

      • Using 5G to access and visualize complicated information quickly could make the surgeon’s job easier and safer.

5G built right

Our 5G Ultra Wideband network is built right to power transformative possibilities for business. The massive capacity and throughput of 5G Ultra Wideband supports the complex image processing needed for seamless AR to help create safer and more efficient patient care.

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    • Achieving 5G Ultra Wideband’s extraordinary speeds requires a massive fiber infrastructure.
    • Verizon has made significant investments in fiber densification in major cities around the nation

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  • Millimeter-wave spectrum


    • Verizon has critical spectrum holdings that include millimeter-wave and C-Band spectrum
    • Millimeter-wave spectrum supports 5G Ultra Wideband’s transformative performance and C-band will enable performance and expanded coverage

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  • Small-cell deployment

    Small-cell deployment

    • Verizon has spent years densifying its 4G LTE network, and its 5G network leverages the same densification
    • Verizon has relationships in place with large and small municipalities, enabling its small-cell deployment

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  • Edge computing

    Edge computing

    • Verizon has network locations that are ideally suited for housing edge-computing resources
    • MEC could deliver access to the tools, power and locations to deploy at scale

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    • This is 5G built right, from the network businesses rely on.

    • 5G Nationwide available in 2,700+ cities on most Verizon 5G devices. 5G Ultra Wideband (UWB) available only in parts of select cities.
      Verizon 5G access requires a 5G-capable device.  5G UWB access requires a 5G-capable device with select voice/data and 5G UWB plans.

    • Future use case not currently available.

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