HoloLens is helping surgeons work together across the world

 In CraneMorley, Mixed Reality Use Cases

Microsoft’s HoloLens is used in different industries and for different use cases. Mixed Reality technology and the HoloLens is changing the way businesses operate.  Microsoft’s latest project, which highlights this trend, enables remote collaboration among surgeons worldwide.

In mid-December 2020, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Bruno Gobbato in Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil, performed a surgery to repair a collarbone fracture. This was no ordinary procedure. Dr. Gobbato was joined remotely with Professor Thomas Gregory in Paris and Dr. John Erickson in New Jersey. As Dr. Gobbato shared his field of view; they discussed “how to approach the procedure, conferring on each step and sharing their respective approaches.” This collaboration brought a French perspective, an American perspective, and a Latin American perspective. The results were a quicker and more efficient procedure.

A powerful collaboration tool, HoloLens 2 is utilized for many other purposes. The headset provides a sterile option that allows hands free operation. Data is easy to access and available with simple voice commands. Surgeons can pull CT scans and enlarge scans based on their needs. Holograms are another key ability. Before holograms doctors were limited to a few images on a computer screen, but now they have holograms that show different angles of x-rays and scans.

Dr. Gobbato had this to say about the future of mixed reality in operating rooms. “I really think mixed reality will be used in the operating room for so many things in the future.” He also stated, “I’m very excited to see what we will be able to do with it in the next few years.”

During this project doctors discovered the HoloLens as a beneficial tool for planning and training surgeries. Students go through hundreds of different scenarios including worst-case scenario training and solutions. Holographic mock procedures allow student to learn by doing. This is a far more efficient and effective training method compared to watching an instructor. By performing mock procedures students build muscle memory and confident knowing they done everything before.

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