The Microsoft Hololens is truly a tool of the future. In almost all sci-fi films and series we see the characters pulling up displays into mid air, using visors to keep up to date or just messing around in augmented reality. Microsoft is so far leading the way towards building this future, and now it seems that they are helping to make giant strides in medical research.
Thanks to a company called Scopis, who was been built around augmented reality software, the Hololens is being introduced in surgeries to assist doctors in performing dangerous or complicated procedures. Dubbed the Holographic Navigation Platform by Scopis, surgeons don the Hololens and can view a mixed reality overlay which shows everything from important numbers, helpful diagrams or even a full 3D model of the region superimposed over the area that they are working on. At this stage the setup is already being used in pedicle screw procedures, allowing for greater accuracy, reduced surgery time and reducing the need for radioactive fluoroscopy which is normally needed to get a detailed view of the spine. Check out the video from Scopis showing what their work can achieve:
At this stage the Hololens has proven to be a little impractical for everyday household due to the cost of the hardware as well as a lack of software to really back it up.At this stage virtual reality headsets have become the preferred option for gamers, and most industries are slow to adopt such a revolutionary technology, although there have been reports of building engineers using it to visualize structural blueprints when designing new structures. As more private companies like Scopis get on board though and the infrastructure becomes more accessible, we should see a domino effect of other companies getting involved and building the technology further. Even besides the improvement for the computer world, this is a major advancement for medical technology and should help promote more successful surgeries in more areas.