In a poster presentation at the Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery (CARS) 2018, Nicole Wake (doctoral candidate ) explains how augmented reality can help surgeons to better understand patient anatomy. In the particular case of prostate cancer, the preoperative planning is closely related to relationships between the tumor and nearby structures. The use of a Hololens AR helmet to “see it” is “considerably more useful ” according to surgeons who test the solution.
Reesearchers from New York University School of Medicine developed holographic models of the prostate based on the MRI scans of patients with prostate cancer. A surgical team was able to examine these 3D models with a Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headset and determine the best surgical treatment for each patient.