What is Holomedicine?
Holomedicine is derived from holograms and medicine and is a new type of medical technology. It is based on the technological progress of mixed reality. The real world is extended by holograms, which appear as 3D objects in space and are perceived through appropriate glasses, such as the HoloLens from Microsoft. The holograms interact with the user(s) and can be positioned anywhere in the room.
This innovative technology opens up enormous new possibilities for the medical world, diagnostics, intraoperative procedures, patient care and much more. In concrete terms, it means that all medical data is available as 3D holograms to doctors, hospital staff and patients.
The general public is hardly aware of what a doctor does and how much experience he must have when looking at MRI and CT images. These are 2-dimensional tomographic images and are taken from front to back, from right to left and from top to bottom. Since we humans are three-dimensional, however, the doctor has to reconstruct the 3-dimensionality himself from the tomographic images. This requires a lot of experience, because pathologies are not necessarily straight-line and can have different shapes and lengths. The physician must memorize these well, especially before an operation.
During an intraoperative procedure, the doctor can usually only look into the MRI and CT images of the patient with difficulty. He must remain sterile. So the nurses hold up selected images printed on paper. The images are usually his only orientation in relation to the patient’s anatomy.
VSI Virtual Surgery Intelligence is the pioneer of holomedicine. It enables the physician to see the MRT and CT images of the patient in 3 dimensions. This allows pathology, fracture, etc. to be localized more quickly and precisely. The planning of the operation can also be prepared virtually and taken into the operating room. If necessary, the surgeon can call up the stored OR planning without touching it, look at the patient’s anatomy and planning again and even place the 3D image on the patient/OP site in order to make comparisons. The patient is automatically recognized by the VSI and the 3D image is virtually placed on him. This is possible through the use of artificial intelligence (AI). The AI algorithms have been specially designed, trained and tested in forensic medicine.
Placement helps the physician to orientate himself more precisely and safely, saves valuable operation time and avoids post-operations. Patient safety increases and the daily work of the physician and OR staff is made easier.