Microsoft Hololens AR HMD approved for surgical use by FDA

An easier look inside the body before operating should help improve medical procedures significantly.


Microsoft's HoloLens is already out doing some good in the world, with an exciting development in the medical world.

The FDA has offered clearance for the OpenSight Augmented Reality System, an augmented reality medical solution for Microsoft HoloLens, for use in pre-op planning for surgery. This is the first AR option on the market, and it projects 2D, 3D, and 4D images of patients by overlaying them on their bodies.

This is achieved via the HoloLens headset to allow for 3D image viewing, which can potentially help decrease time spent in surgery and help with overall surgical planning and the body's makeup.

“This is transformative technology that will unite preoperative imaging with augmented reality to improve the precision, speed and safety of medical procedures,” said Wendell Gibby, MD, Novarad CEO and co-creator of OpenSight. “This internal visualization can now be achieved without the surgeon ever making an incision, improving outcomes in a world of more precise medicine.”

Multiple users can wear multiple HoloLens headsets at the same time, and there's even a version of the software available for teachers to help medical students learn and perform virtual dissections. It's some very impressive and cool technology, to be sure, though it will likely take some time before it's more widely adopted throughout the medical community. 

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    November 5, 2018 1:08 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Microsoft Hololens AR HMD approved for surgical use by FDA

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      November 6, 2018 4:39 AM

      I want to try one of these one day

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      November 6, 2018 5:20 AM

      the practical use case demo they had at their business applications conference was pretty good

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      November 6, 2018 5:23 AM


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      November 6, 2018 6:50 AM

      I really think these are the only real player in AR or even VR. I love that they are taking their time, have absolutely no interest in bringing their first party thing to market to consumers and have been steadily grinding and building up world class IP without hype. I have a feeling MSFT is gonna come out on top, even vs Apple, but it will be a pretty cool 5 years watching it all go down. This stuff seems like a slam dunk for certain industries and they aren't wasting time shoehorning it into millennial hands somehow.

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      November 6, 2018 6:57 AM

      I hope hololens 3.0 blows everything out of the water. They have a 3 year lead on everyone else, magicleap could only barely do something marginally better than what microsoft did 3 years ago.

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