Discovering the Boundless Realm of Mixed Reality in Orthopedic Surgery: David Würdinger, Project Manager at mediCAD Mixed Reality
In the world of immersive technologies, Mixed Reality often falls in a peculiar space, situated between complete immersion in Virtual Reality realms and the augmented reality domain, where digital content overlays the real world. It’s a space where users can still perceive their environment while benefiting from digital holograms seamlessly integrated into their field of view, allowing interaction and manipulation.
At mediCAD, we’ve been crafting three-dimensional planning solutions for orthopedic surgeons, particularly focused on knee, shoulder, hip, and spinal procedures. Over time, we encountered a recurring question: “How can we leverage the three-dimensional data we use for preoperative planning within the OR?”
This query led to the inception of our Mixed Reality solution, bridging the gap between preoperative planning and real-time intraoperative implementation. Our aim was to create an intuitive, easy-to-adopt solution that requires minimal setup, streamlining the process for hospitals and clinics. All that’s needed is a computer and a Wi-Fi network to connect the device, making it instantly operational.
Interacting with the Mixed Reality Lenses is akin to managing a smartphone, where the holographic objects behave just like tangible assets. For instance, a hologram model can be manipulated, resized, positioned, and even altered in transparency. When unnecessary during surgery, the visor can simply be lifted, providing an unobstructed view. Lowering the visor instantly re-engages the holographic display, furnishing the surgeon with precisely tailored information.
Our Mixed Reality solution isn’t just a technological leap; it’s a game-changer, seamlessly integrating the preoperative planning realm into the operating theater, enhancing precision, and elevating surgical capabilities to new heights.