Singapore’s NUHS embarks on holomedicine research to improve medical diagnosis

Clinical validation studies and trials will be required before adopting this holomedicine solution as the primary clinical method.

Singapore’s National University Health System (NUHS) has embarked on a research and development program to explore the use of mixed reality (MR) technology in clinical care. The research program hopes to support the development of next-generation clinical applications and improve patient safety.

It would increase clinical processes and improve undergraduate and postgraduate studies. While the use of holographic technology in operating rooms is still nascent, the NUHS hopes to apply it in multiple areas of surgery.

“Holomedicine exploits the concept of RM not only to augment our physical environment, but also enables interaction with virtual objects superimposed on the real world. Virtual objects can also be manipulated in relation to the real world using natural hand gestures, ”explained Dr. Gao Yujia, associate consultant in the Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery at the National University Hospital (NUH). and head of the holomedicine program at the NUHS.

A team of neurosurgeons from NUH has launched a study to assess the feasibility of using holographic technology to spatially locate brain tumors during operations on patients.

The NUHS team, in collaboration with the Engineering Design & Innovation Center at the Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS), also received a grant of $ 100,000 from the Engineering Grant in Medicine in the part of the NUHS and NUS in March 2021. The grant will allow the team to embark on a project of volumetric rendering and real-time positioning of ultrasound scans. NUHS has collaborated with Microsoft and apoQlar in its holomedicine efforts. The NUHS will continue to build on its existing partnerships and explore new industrial collaborations.