Digitalizing healthcare

Shedding light on the unseen

Visualize the smallest structures of the heart realistically without surgery? About the use of a prototype that makes this vision almost tangible. 

10 min
Marc Engelhardt
Published on March 23, 2021

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? 

MD Alkassar tests the HoloLens
Pediatric cardiologist Muhannad Alkassar explores a 3D image of the heart with a hologram
This is Dr. Alkassar’s reaction as he tried out the HoloLens with Cinematic Rendering for the first time. In the background on his computer screen you can see what he sees through his HoloLens, but in 3D, he is able to zoom in an out of structures, turn them around, and observe them from every possible angle.
CT images are procced with an app using Cinematic Rendering
HoloLens on a table
MD Alkassar explains future operation planning
Roentgen and MD Alkassar

By Marc Engelhardt

As a freelance journalist and author, Marc Engelhardt reports worldwide on the latest developments in business, science and politics. He has worked as a correspondent for a number of German-language media including Neue Zürcher Zeitung, ARD, and Die Zeit.