HoloLens hardware combined with Virtual Surgery Intelligence (VSI) software is being used in more and more areas of healthcare and medicine, from dermatology to visceral surgery. This combination around mixed reality in a medical context is called “holomedicine.” As part of the 24-hour “Holographic Surgery” event, medical experts gathered in videoconferences to share, through their experiences, the impact and scale that this innovative technology brings.
Here you will find the interesting contributions to the discussion of the German Roundtable:
Prof. Dr. med. Ingo Stoffels, Senior Physician, Head of “Intraoperative Imaging and Technology Transfer” WG, Department of Dermatology, Allergology and Venereology, University Hospital Essen, Germany
Prof. Stoffels uses VSI Holomedicine in the field of sentinel lymph node surgery and melanoma patients. This involves searching for a specific lymph node in the drainage lymph node of the primary melanoma. VSI is proving to be particularly helpful here because of the number of lymph nodes and difficult structures in the head and neck area. He uses holomedicine as a sort of surgical roadmap, retrieving previously acquired SPECT images in 3D during surgery. In addition, Prof. Stoffels also uses VSI Holomedicine for surgery on metastases. „It’s a little bit like a roadmap on the passenger seat, telling you to go left or right. (…) Now you can focus on the area of your surgical treatment. And if you need it, you can switch the additional information on and off by using voice commands.“, says Prof. Stoffels during his interview.
Prof. Dr. med. Gernot M. Kaiser, FACS, Chief Physician Clinic for General and Visceral Surgery at St. Bernhard Hospital
Professor Kaiser is an oncologist and works in the field of visceral surgery. He performs operations on the liver, pancreas and other solid organs in the human body. In the interview, Prof. Kaiser illustrates how important it is in his daily work to be able to visualize the real tumour, how it is localized, and how it relates to neighbouring structures. This is where he sees the greatest advantage of holomedicine:
„This is the major point in my opinion, I can position the 3D dimensional view on the patient in the operating room. So, the patient and the organs became vitreous. I can really see the tumour, I just look at the surface of the liver, for example, and this makes things a lot easier for me,“ says Prof. Kaiser.