HoloLens used to “see through tissue” in reconstructive surgery study PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Tuesday, 06 February 2018 17:30
hololens imageScience fiction is rapidly becoming science fact as the medical market increasingly embrace the Microsoft HoloLens for both training and actual clinical practice. The latest news is the headset being used in a 5 patient study at Imperial College London in the UK to see if it could improve the practice of reconstructive surgery. Researchers used Microsoft HoloLens to overlay images of CT scans – including the position of bones and key blood vessels – onto each patient’s leg, helping surgeons locate and reconnect key blood vessels during reconstructive surgery, such as following a car accident, when flaps of tissue, which are taken from elsewhere on the body and include the skin and blood vessels, are used to cover the wound and enable it to close and heal properly. A vital step in the process is connecting the blood vessels of the ‘new’ tissue with those at the site of the wound, so oxygenated blood can reach the new tissue and keep it alive.  Previously surgeons used handheld ultrasound scanners to locate and trace blood vessels. Read more on this interesting development on OUR FORUM.