HoloLens technology offers opportunity for Cleveland Clinic spinoff

Story excerpt provided by Crain’s Cleveland Business. Written by LYDIA COUTRé.

New technology being explored in Cleveland could give surgeons close to X-ray vision.

Cleveland-based surgical navigation startup Centerline Biomedical has for years been working to develop its Intra-Operative Positioning System (IOPS), a GPS-like system that provides 3D guidance during minimally invasive procedures.

Surgeons would have to look at a monitor to follow the guidance, but a new grant is offering Centerline and Cleveland Clinic researcher Karl West the chance to add HoloLens, a mixed-reality device from Microsoft, to the experience.

“So now, when I put HoloLens on, I can look at the patient and visualize or see the anatomy inside,” said West, director of medical device solutions at Cleveland Clinic and staff member in the Lerner Research Institute’s Department of Biomedical Engineering. “It’s like having X-ray vision.”

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to test a “holographic GPS system for the operating room” is for nearly a quarter of a million dollars, according to a release from the Clinic.

Click here to read the complete article. Originally published April 22, 2018.

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