What is ARtery3D ?

ARtery 3D is an application, developed by the company Augmented Anatomy. The software allows HCPs to visualize a patient’s individual facial arterial anatomy through Augmented Reality (AR). Filler injections are becoming more popular every year. But along with the rise in popularity, the number of complications is increasing rapidly. And these complications can be very severe, in particular when a filler is injected into an artery. Blindness and skin necrosis are the most feared complications of intra-vascular filler injection, and these are often irreversible. Because the anatomy of the facial arteries is very variable between individuals, the standard textbook anatomy does not apply, as no one can be 100% sure of the location and depth of certain facial arteries. By using the ARtery3D application on any smartphone, the HCP will be able to visualise all the relevant arteries of the face of a specific patient through AR.

How does ARtery3D work ?

The visualization of the arterial anatomy is based on a one-time MRI scan (3D TOF MOTSA) of the patient’s face, taken in a radiology department chosen by the HCP. A specific MRI sequence is developed that is able to visualize the arteries without contrast injections and without radiation. The only preparation needed is placing the patient in front of an infrared (IR) lamp during 10 minutes before the examination. The heat will dilate the arteries and increase the blood flow, hence making them more visible on the MRI (see image 1). We will contact your department to deliver this infrared lamp for free. It is a 300-Watt Philips lamp that is compliant with all medical requirements and is CE labeled. To ensure the patient’s safety, this IR lamp has an UV filter.

All visible facial arteries on the MRI are identified by our software and converted into a 3D image. A specifically developed software protocol enables the projection of this 3D image on the patient’s face through Augmented Reality. Specifically designed facial recognition software assures the accurate positioning of the facial arteries on anyone’s face, using anatomically allocated reference points.