How HoloLens Makes VimedixAR Ultrasound Training Come Alive

By Roxanne Blanford


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CAE VimedixAR module with Microsoft HoloLens transforms ultrasound training with interactive holograms that enable learners to gain in-depth perspectives on anatomy as they master skills.                               

What is Microsoft HoloLens?
Microsoft Hololens is an augmented reality computing platform developed by Microsoft.  

What is Augmented Reality?
Augmented reality (AR) allows the user to actively interact with 3-dimensional holograms, while freely engaging with the actual world.  Alternately referred to as a digital, mixed reality environment, AR blends reality with a see-through overlay.

How does AR 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 an environment that is 'virtually' cut off from the real world, whereas in the latter the user can interact with augmented reality and still remain cognizant of, and engaged in, true world surroundings.

How has VimedixAR integrated the HoloLens module?
VimedixAR essentially frees the original augmented reality view of Vimedix from the monitor. For the first time, healthcare learners can interact with anatomical structures as computer-generated holograms are overlayed onto their field of vision. The augmented environment of VimedixAR offers trainers, instructors, and simulation program facilitators endless freedom to design scenarios of varying complexity so that their learners may use team communication skills and develop technical/procedural knowledge in new and robust ways.

How will VimedixAR benefit healthcare learners who train in ultrasound?

Overall, the entire ultrasound learning process is vastly improved with VimedixAR. 

  • Learning ultrasound takes on an entirely new dimension through the realism of HoloLens imagery
  • Learners can experience anatomy in a fully-rendered 3D holograms
  • Learners can virtually walk around the mannequin and obtain different anatomical views
  • VimedixAR allows learners to visualize the ultrasound cut plane as the beam cuts through anatomy 
  • VimedixAR incorporates a self-guided curriculum that is specific for EFAST
  • The module allows for specifically-designed features that aid in holographic TEE training

Visit the CAE Healthcare HoloLens webpage here to discover the many ways CAE Healthcare's HoloLens-based solutions can inspire deeper understanding in your learners and awaken their imaginations towards improving patient care.