HoloLens 2 in healthcare

Many industrial and commercial sectors are already using digital applications to open up new avenues by means of augmented reality. In healthcare in particular, the possibilities are enormous and benefit both patients and business improvement. Practical mixed reality headsets such as the HoloLens 2 are indispensable in this context.

Precision and speed increase with augmented reality

The fusion of real content and computer-generated images, sounds and sensory data characterizes augmented reality and distinguishes it from the completely artificial representation of virtual reality.

In healthcare, the benefits of these technologies were recognized early on. For example, computer representations for the development of new drugs, such as when viewing complex 3-D structures of molecules and DNA strands, are a great help to researchers through VR and AR.

But medical professionals have also long been using AR systems in everyday practice, both for planning and performing surgeries. In complex surgical procedures, for example, doctors can not only use VR and AR to plan interventions precisely, but also to optimize precise navigation within sensitive structures.



In healthcare, HoloLens 2 and other mixed reality headsets can significantly improve efficiency. For example, if tumor tissue is to be removed, it is always important to remove the diseased tissue completely without unnecessarily damaging healthy structures. If the surgeon is wearing a HoloLens 2, visual markers can be used at any time to visually highlight areas previously identified in diagnostics and updated in real time depending on the viewing angle.

Applications are also conceivable in which X-ray images are superimposed 1:1 in the field of view during an operation to enable matching. Surgeries are thus not only performed faster, but also more precisely. Another field is telemedicine, where AR glasses are used for diagnostics and treatment over long distances.



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Everyday usability: The HoloLens 2 is also suitable for longer wearing times

One problem with good VR and AR systems has been that they are clunky, heavy and uncomfortable. Since a surgeon often operates for many hours, light weight and excellent technical performance are essential for an AR headset.

The fact that the Microsoft HoloLens can advance Mixed Reality in healthcare is due to its technical performance and everyday design, which guarantees fatigue-free wearing even during prolonged use.

The problem of occasional dizziness and nausea is also much less pronounced with this headset than with the heavy and often less powerful models, which are more reminiscent of helmets.



It is no coincidence that many developers are now taking their cue from the gaming scene when it comes to augmented reality. And that’s exactly where they have had good experiences with the Microsoft HoloLens.

However, it is also clear that technology for healthcare is not a game and therefore all hardware and software components must function perfectly.

However, practical application on patients is only a comparatively small area for the use of AR solutions in healthcare. Research, development and production of drugs, medical devices and even administration benefit from the use of mixed reality solutions.

Conclusion: The HoloLens 2 can provide valuable services in the healthcare sector

With the HoloLens 2, a powerful and practical tool is available that can be used to integrate Mixed Reality into everyday clinical and practical life. Whether for performing operations or developing a new drug, the opportunities and possibilities of augmented reality and virtual reality are enormous. Last but not least, digital applications for diagnostics and treatment of patients over long distances can also be used even better in telemedicine thanks to AR systems.

Microsoft HoloLens 2 improves patient care and also provides a safer working environment. Patient treatments can be shortened by faster access to patient data directly on site, such as X-rays or 3-D MRI images, in addition to allowing medical professionals to be consulted or assessed regardless of location.

A microfiber-free microfiber cloth is needed to clean the HoloLens 2. This removes dirt from the surface of the device and can be used to clean the visor. To clean the headband of the HoloLens 2, water and eyeglass soap is needed. When purchasing a HoloLens 2, a microfiber cloth is included in the delivery.

The forehead pad is magnetically attached to the device and can therefore be replaced. To separate it, it must be pulled off the main band.