HoloLens Used to Looks at Heart Scars in High Resolution

At the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, researchers have been investigating the use of the Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headset for visualizing myocardial scars during surgical interventions.

During ablations and other electrophysiology procedures, the surgeon must have a good idea of where scars and other relevant items are within the heart. Typically, this is displayed on a computer screen and keyboards, mice, knobs, joysticks, and balls are used to control the zoom, rotation, and slicing of the images. All of these methods require the physician to look away from the patient and to use a physical controller to interact with the display, creating issues with maintenance of sterility.

The cardiac images displayed within the HoloLens provide a high resolution representation of the heart and the mapped scar, and the wearer can use hand gestures to tell the system how to display the image.

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