As part of a world day of orthopedic surgery, organized by Microsoft, to show the medical use of its Hololens 2 viewer, Dr. Ruiz and his team carried out an operation on the shoulder of a patient, with the virtual assistance of two others. specialists, who saw the same thing as the surgeon thanks to the transmission of video in real time achieved by the same viewer.
At the hardware level, the only thing the viewer requires is a Wi-Fi network, while to exploit its potential there is a whole cloud infrastructure that feeds the Hololens, in addition to the proprietary software for the creation of holograms with the correct anatomical information. . Asked about the advantages of this new technology in the operating room, Ruiz mentioned the generation of holograms that help orthopedic surgeons to plan surgery, in addition to replacing proprietary software that is not available to everyone, or open software for 3D printing, and thus do not require a 3D printer. Another advantage of using holograms is that a single study by the patient is sufficient, and the software helps to plan reconstructive surgeries.
On the other hand, he highlighted the benefits of this system as an educational tool for surgical visits, which have been limited by the pandemic. With the Hololens 2, remote communication is generated with other medical specialists to receive recommendations, or to give them if the surgeon needs it, through streaming, or locally for those present in the procedure, since it can be projected on a screen what the surgeon is seeing. An estimate of the specialist is that in two years this technology can be seen in the operating rooms of large cities, while for the rest of the country it could be five years, due to the low requirements of the system.