The use of Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headset for visualizing myocardial scars during surgical interventions is being investigated by researchers at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
Normally, a computer screen displays these scars which gives an idea about their whereabouts to surgeons during ablations and other electrophysiology procedures. However, this requires the surgeon to look away from the patient raising concerns of sterility maintenance as they are also required to use physical controllers such as keyboard, mouse, knobs, joysticks and balls for zooming, rotating and slicing of the images.
However, in case of HoloLens, the cardiac images of the heart and mapped scars displayed are of high resolution. Additionally, the wearer can use hand gestures instead of a physical control to view the image as per requirement.
According to a PhD Candidate at the Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (MR) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Jihye Jang, Augmented Reality (AR) enables physicians to superimpose MRI or CT scan images among others as a guide and efficiently treat and consequently improve the care of the patient. Apart from that, a touchless interaction because of AR will ascertain sterile environment.