Cardiac surgery is one of the most difficult procedures, and it gets even more complex when it comes to operating on tiny children’s hearts. Visualization techniques like cinematic rendering provide a detailed 3-D view of the patient’s heart and surrounding anatomy. But what happens when these images are turned into a hologram that can be rotated, zoomed, and looked at from all possible perspectives?
Doctors in the maternity ward of the Erlangen University Hospital were worried by the low oxygen saturation of only 85 percent in the newborn’s blood and alerted pediatric cardiologist Muhannad Alkassar less than an hour after the birth. “Within 30 minutes we had done a CT scan that confirmed our suspicion of a pulmonary vein malformation,” recalls the 40-year-old. For such emergency surgeries – Alkassar’s specialty – success depends on the best possible surgical planning.
Seeing what the cardiologist sees
A glimpse of reality
The latest technology meant the surgeon could examine the newborn as if he were lying on the operating table with his chest open. And as if his walnut-sized heart were made of glass.
Shedding light on tiny structures
An exceptional source of inspiration
The CT images are processed with an app using the Cinematic Rendering process, a technology that draws inspiration from Hollywood’s computer-generated images to incorporate the shadows cast by every single pixel in the image rendered.
Measuring the impact of the hologram
Seeing through different eyes
Seeing the unseen
Potential beyond planning
The combination of cVRT and HoloLens 2 is still in a prototype state and not commercially available yet.
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