At the MWC 2019 mobile technology conference at Spain, Philips unveiled a new mixed reality concept to aid in minimally invasive surgeries, which it has developed with Microsoft. The new mixed reality concept intended for the surgeons of the future is based on the Philips Azurion image-guided therapy platform and Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 holographic computing platform.
Current minimally invasive surgeries rely heavily on advanced medical imaging technologies such as ultra-low-dose X-ray imaging and ultrasound, to guide surgical actions inside a patient. Philips often provides high tech interventional suites and hybrid operating rooms for such procedures. The Philips and Microsoft augmented reality concept, built for HoloLens 2, has been designed to bring live imaging and other sources of vital data currently displayed on large 2D screens into a 3D holographic augmented reality environment that can be easily controlled by the physician.