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posted by martyb on Monday August 20 2018, @08:30AM   Printer-friendly
from the I-see-what-you-did-there dept.

HoloLens will help a children's hospital perform critical surgeries

A UK children's hospital plans to use Microsoft's HoloLens and Surface Hub during critical operations like heart surgery, Microsoft announced. Alder Hey hospital will employ the Surface Hub to let medical personnel collaborate and share images, while the HoloLens will be used directly in operating theaters. "Imaging a patient's heart from the inside and from the outside is absolutely essential," said Alder Hey cardiac surgeon Rafael Guerrero. "Microsoft HoloLens and mixed reality will, in the future, enable me to have a patient's scans in front of me while I'm doing the operation."

[...] We've already seen the potential for mixed reality in hospitals; for instance a company called Scopis created a HoloLens design platform for spinal surgeries. However, Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool is one of the first to adopt the tech. It's currently working with Black Marble, a Microsoft Partner, to pioneer new surgery-based Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps for Surface Hub and HoloLens.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 20 2018, @11:31PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 20 2018, @11:31PM (#723965)

    ...from Microsoft is what we're talking about here. MSFT has been a reliable maker of good hardware. And since it looks like the software will be engineered by the specialists themselves, this project has a pretty good outlook.

    The only downside is probably that the walled garden nature of these so-called Universal apps will make them useless as soon as the Hololens dies. The lifecycle of this product has yet to be proven. I somehow doubt it fits in well with the usual timeframes medical equipment is expected to last.