Stryker, a leading global medical technology company and Microsoft HoloLens are on a mission to advance the process of designing operating rooms for hospitals and surgery centers using top-notch technology and mixed reality capabilities. Using Microsoft HoloLens, surgeons can visualize a life-size OR in 3-D before executing the most efficient OR set-up and configuration – and in turn helping to save lives.
Using the ByDesign tool, a customer can first sit with a Stryker rep to visualize the layout of an operating room in 2-D. Then the use of HoloLens (which looks like a futuristic headset) comes into play. HoloLens is a holographic computer that allows a person to experience digital content overlaid with the real world.
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Through the mixed reality capabilities of HoloLens, an OR design can be created and altered sans a complicated mock operating room setup. This allows a team of surgeons, nurses, doctors and stakeholders to seamlessly collaborate in various settings – from a conference room to an office. The HoloLens allows them to work with holograms, at full size and scale, in the actual operating room.
Virtually, they can visualize the lighting, equipment, tools, patient orientation, and equipment placement, which is vital to successful procedures. Given that the OR is often shared by all surgical disciplines from general, to urologic, orthopedic, cardiac, and ear nose and throat (ENT), all could benefit from this technology.