The National Health System at the University of Singapore has launched a research and development program to explore the use of mixed reality technology in clinical care.
In a press release, the health group said a team of neurosurgeons at the National University Hospital has studied the potential of holographic technology to locate brain tumors during surgeries.
WHAT’S HE DOING
In a proof-of-concept demonstration, a holographic visor was used to create a 3D hologram of a patient’s brain scan that was projected into space and superimposed on a patient’s head during surgery.
The hologram was generated using 3D medical software called Virtual Surgery Intelligence, developed by the German MR MR platform apoQlar.
MR technology allows surgeons to identify tumors “quickly and accurately” and know their exact location and what angle to make an incision. Surgeons can also view the holographic image from different angles, as well as interact and control it through gesture and speech recognition.
WHY IT MATTERS
NUHS has already completed the first phase of the research program. Through the program, I wanted to support the development of next-generation clinical applications that “increase clinical processes,” improve patient safety, and improve both undergraduate and graduate training.
The group hinted that MR headphones, which weigh about 500 grams, could replace existing bulky theater equipment in the future and reduce radiation exposure during procedures.
Possible use cases of the holographic solution include live data transmission from image acquisition machines and the use of AI and machine learning for advanced image processing and predictive analytics. The Microsoft HoloLens 2 device used in the demonstration can also be used to illustrate the steps of your procedure to surgical patients.
NUHS has outlined a holomedicine roadmap that includes short- and long-term research projects, integration with existing hospital systems, procedures for on-board users, and improvement of hospital infrastructure to support the system. It hopes to implement holographic technology in all its hospitals and healthcare institutions “in the near future”.
For now, the NUHS said it has yet to conduct clinical validation studies and trials before adopting the MR solution as the primary clinical method. The system needs to be registered with governing bodies such as the Health Sciences Authority.
THE GREAT TREND
The United States has already seen the application of MR technology to healthcare. For example, an OU Health surgeon a Oklahoma has used an MR device to safely and efficiently perform complex reconstructions. The system uses AI to visualize 3D tomography data superimposed and anatomically aligned during surgery.
Already in 2019, a the concept of augmented reality for minimally invasive image-guided surgeries was developed through a partnership between Microsoft, the maker of the HoloLens 2, and Philips. The concept brings live images and other vital data sources to a 3D holographic environment that a doctor can control. In one case, it allows surgeons to see the real world superimposed with the live data and 3D medical images needed to guide precision therapy.
In other regional news, virtual reality technology is used to train medical students and prepare surgeons before performing an operation. In Australia, for example, some hospitals have been deployed Vantari VR training platform for your young and interns.
IN THE REGISTER
“Holographic technology can radically transform the way we practice medicine. Early adoption will place NUHS at the forefront of medical MRI research and position us as pioneers in the clinical use of this technology,” he said. Ngiam Kee Yuan, general manager of the NUHS group, who oversees the R&D of the hospital group’s Holomedicine Program.
“Technological advances, especially in the field of MRI, have opened new horizons for the medical profession. By merging other technologies such as artificial intelligence, real-time image recognition and predictive modeling, these MR devices offer clinicians functions that were previously thought impossible, ”he added.
“For more than thirty years, we have been using a hand-held navigation system to navigate and identify the location of the tumor. In comparison, this new mixed reality system is more intuitive as we can now see the patient’s head without the need for see “See Associate Professor Yeo.