A report on how a newly developed medical simulation using interactive holograms allows radiology trainees to learn new skills using augmented reality headsets.


The simulation was developed by a team of experts from Imperial’s Faculty of Medicine and Digital Learning Hub, and is a pioneering example of using the Microsoft HoloLens2 for medical training and to address the challenges in medical teaching and learning.

Computed tomography (CT) guided interventions are taught across the world mostly using a traditional mentored approach on real patients. However, as the number of procedures grows and complexity increases there is a need for new approaches to teach and train medical practitioners.

Professor Mohamad Hamady is part of the team that developed the simulation: “The field of interventional radiology is expanding in terms of the number of procedures and complexity, yet at the same time there is a significant shortage of skilled practitioners.

"This technology will provide trainees with the required highly technical skills in a safe and realistic environment. This digital learning technology can also shorten the training time and this will help trainees to perform medical procedures later on in life with much higher technical ability and safety.”

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