It started as a class project at the University of Alberta, but soon ProjectDR could revolutionize the medical world. Using artificial intelligence, ProjectDR displays medical information like an x-ray or CT scan directly onto the body of a patient, even as a patient moves.

“The general idea is that even medical experts can have a hard time determining what is under the skin,” said co-developer Ian Watts, a masters student in the department of computer science.

It uses infrared reflective markers and a motion capture system to align the medical information directly with the patient’s anatomy. The technology could be used in chiropractic care, surgical planning, laparoscopic surgery and even in training settings.

The next step is to test ProjectDR in a surgical simulation lab to see how it works in real-world medical applications.