Towards X-ray free endovascular interventions - Using HoloLens for on-line holographic visualization

Ivo Kuhlemann, Markus Kleemann, Philipp Jauer, Achim Schweikard, Floris Ernst


A major challenge during endovascular interventions is visualising the position and orientation of the catheter being inserted. This is typically achieved by intermittent X-ray imaging. Since the radiation exposure to the surgeon is considerable, it is desirable to reduce X-ray exposure to the bare minimum needed. Additionally, transferring two-dimensional (2D) X-ray images to 3D locations is challenging. The authors present the development of a real-time navigation framework, which allows a 3D holographic view of the vascular system without any need of radiation. They extract the patient's surface and vascular tree from pre-operative computed tomography data and register it to the patient using a magnetic tracking system. The system was evaluated on an anthropomorphic full-body phantom by experienced clinicians using a four-point questionnaire. The average score of the system (maximum of 20) was found to be 17.5. The authors’ approach shows great potential to improve the workflow for endovascular procedures, by simultaneously reducing X-ray exposure. It will also improve the learning curve and help novices to more quickly master the required skills.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHealthcare Technology Letters
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)184-187
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 01.10.2017


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