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FDA approves HoloLens powered medical augmented reality system

Microsoft's HoloLens is an incredible piece of technology with a number of real world applications and the FDA has recently approved a system for medical use.

It concerns the OpenSight Augmented Reality System, a platform designed for HoloLens to help surgeons plan procedures using the headset.

From Healthimaging.com

OpenSight specifically utilizes the Microsoft HoloLens headset that allows simultaneous visualization of the 3D patient images in AR and the actual patient and their real-world surroundings. The technique may decrease operative times and improve surgical planning and the understanding of anatomic relationships.

HoloLens allows not only a single user, but an entire group, to view a patients medical images laid onto their body in real time, as well as having implications for training. The system can also enable the surgeons to view an accurate internal representation of their patients without the need to open them up.

Medical students can use the system to perform practice procedures, too, and while HoloLens remains an extremely expensive device, its potential uses continue to impress.

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

8 Comments
  • Potential will truly be reached when HoloLens become contact lens. As even the name suggests
  • That's cool. Some real futuristic stuff you're talking about. What people think is impossible today will imminently be possible in the future... Especially,, with advancements in circuitry printing, impossibly tiny devices will become reality; as that's most likely the only way a "smart contact lens" will be possible to manufacturer. 20-30 years from now is a awesome world to live in. I personally can't wait to see it.
  • Read "Rainbows End" by Vernor Vinge, while you wait: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbows_End
  • rodney, i see reading an email in an outlook window looking into the sky (real cloud computing literally).
    When I'm done i just flick (minimize) the window to the back of my ear away from my field of view.
    A rare flying creature is detected by the contact lense and a detail notification fly through.
  • Still wondering when theyre going to enable a full FOV in HoloLens instead of the miniscule FOV that it currently has. I also wonder when they'll release it for casual gamers.
  • To your first Question in The next version.
    Your second part windows mixed reality headsets.
  • So thankful they're keeping this thing priced at $3000-$5000. Keeping the price high keeps the folks with real money... surgeons, engineers, etc. intrigued and buying. This thing is the tesla of AR. They should continue to rightly keep the price tag out of reach of us plebeians.
  • The way it is positioned now I see hololens more for professional pursoses and owned by companies and organisations, not by individuals to play around with. The Hololens cannot do anything without decent applications. So organisations are not buying Hololens as such but merely buy an application the Hololens is incorporated in. So Hololens is not a purpose in itself, but an enabler to make purposes possible. How would you feel if medics could keep you alive with a Hololens assisted operation that otherwise was not possible at all?