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Dundee Students Pioneer Holographic Medical Training

Brian Baglow

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Holographic Medical Training Using Microsoft HoloLens

A group of students from University of Dundee have won internships with medical giant Medtronic after developing new learning tools using Microsoft’s HoloLens technology.

The seven students, from mixed disciplines, created holographic medical training apps for surgical anatomy and related procedural approaches focused on Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) conditions.

The aim of the project was to design and create innovative augmented reality apps for medical education and training, using the HoloLens device as a training tool.

Professor Tracey Wilkinson, joint programme lead with Nicolas Denervaud from Medtronic, said: “The aim of the project was to design and create innovative augmented reality apps for medical education and training, using the HoloLens device as a training tool.

“We have a large number of active, fertile, creative minds in our university who are very comfortable with modern technology. Allowing our students to develop their ideas with support from Medtronic has led to immersive and fascinating learning.”

Nicolas said, “The Medtronic team were really impressed with what had been achieved in a very short period, and one of the prototypes is going to be demonstrated at the European ENT congress in October.

“The company are now sponsoring seven summer internships, giving several of the students an opportunity to develop their ideas further. This is an important project for us, in our effort to develop new teaching modalities, with the aim to help Health professionals deliver improved patient outcomes.

“Our interns will be tasked with bringing an educational app in anatomy and ENT surgery to completion so that it is ready for use by trainee health professionals.”

The company has also agreed to run the project again next year, this time over six months to allow more time for development.

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