How VimedixAR with HoloLens Makes Ultrasound Training Come Alive

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In January 2017, CAE Healthcare unveiled the release of CAE VimedixAR, a module for ultrasound simulation training integrated with the Microsoft HoloLens.

Microsoft HoloLens is the world's first, self-contained holographic computer. Its integration with the CAE Vimedix ultrasound simulator makes CAE Healthcare the first company to bring a commercial Microsoft HoloLens application to the simulation-based medical training market. 

Explore Innovation in Simulation: CAE VimedixAR

What  is HoloLens?
In the most simplest of terms, the Microsoft HoloLens is a wireless holographic computer built into a wearable headset. The headset incorporates high-definition lenses and spatial sound technology to simulate an immersive, highly-realistic holographic experience. Users can see, hear, and interact with true-to-life 3D holograms within an augmented reality environment.

What is Augmented Reality?
Augmented reality (AR) is technology that layers holographic images atop (or, over) existing reality. This allows a user to actively interact with three-dimensional holograms (via user- activated commands), while freely engaging with the actual world. Sometimes, and alternately, referred to as mixed reality, AR blends reality with technology to deliver virtual elements in a see-through overlay.

VimedixAR CAE Healthcare Overlay image

How Does Augmented Reality Differ from Virtual Reality?
The primary difference between virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) is in how the former completely immerses the user in a fully simulated world: It's an environment where the user is 'virtually' cut off from the real world.

Inversely, the latter technology of augmented reality employs the world as a canvas onto which virtual elements are overlaid. Users are not 'taken out of the world.' They can (and, are expected to) easily distinguish between virtual elements and real ones.

How Does the VimedixAR/HoloLens Module Integration Work? 
VimedixAR essentially frees the original view of CAE Vimedix from the monitor. That is, with VimedixAR, users experience and visualize anatomical structures through, within, and separate from the simulator mannequin.

For the first time, healthcare learners will be able to interact with computer-generated visuals in their field of vision while still engaging with the world around them.

What's even more astonishing about this new technology is how the augmented reality of VimedixAR offers trainers, instructors, and simulation program facilitators the freedom to custom design scenarios of varying complexity, some requiring learners to develop essential team communication skills and use technical/procedural knowledge in different ways in order to achieve educational objectives.

VimedixAR with Microsoft HoloLens from CAE Healthcare

What Other Benefits Does VimedixAR Bring to Ultrasound Learning? 
Learning ultrasound takes on an entirely new dimension when approached through HoloLens imagery.

  •   Learners experience anatomy in a fully-rendered 3D hologram
  •   Learners can virtually walk around the mannequin
  •   Learners get to appreciate different anatomical perspectives
  •   VimedixAR allows learners to visualize the ultrasound cut plane in real time
  •   Learners can see how the ultrasound beam cuts through human anatomy 
  •   VimedixAR incorporates a self-guided curriculum that is specific for e-FAST
  •   Additional features are uniquely designed to aid in the training of TEE

The ultrasound learning process can be improved vastly with VimedixAR. And this, CAE Healthcare envisions, is only the beginning.

Discover the many ways CAE Healthcare's HoloLens-based solutions can inspire deeper understanding within your learners, right from the start. See how VimedixAR awakens their imagination to lead them towards improving competency and patient care.  Visit the CAE Healthcare HoloLens webpage here.