HoloLens will provide 3D visualisations to surgeons in UK hospital

Surgeons working in a UK hospital want to use HoloLens to provide important 3D visualisations during critical operations.

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital cares for more than 270,000 kids per year. By partnering with Microsoft, the hospital is looking to use the company’s AR headset and Surface Hubs for its daily tasks.

During a surgery, a surgeon is required to create a 3D visualisation in their mind of a person’s organ being worked on. This increases the risk of error.

Rafael Guerrero, a Cardiac Surgeon at Alder Hey, said:

“Imaging a patient’s heart from the inside and from the outside is absolutely essential. I have to visualize that 3D view in my head in order to do this operation. You can display those images on a screen in the operating theatre sometimes, but it’s not easily accessible;and a I can’t leave in the middle of an operation to go get more information about my patient. In many cases, the heart has already stopped in order for us to operate”.

The app created by Black Marble makes use of InkCanvas and InkToolbar. This allows multiple people to collaborate on the Surface Hub and then upload to HoloLens ahead of an operation.

Data is currently being stored in Azure but the company is looking to integrate the app into Alder Hey’s existing data systems.

The cost of the project to the NHS has not been disclosed.