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Holograms Are Helping Medical Training


A nursing student can learn from the inside of a virtual patient.

San Diego State University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are testing mixed-reality software program to give nurse trainees more experience in dealing with medical problems.

Credit: Dan Page

San Diego State University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are testing a mixed-reality software program from London-based educational firm Pearson to give nurse trainees experience in dealing with medical problems while reducing costs.

Pearson developed HoloPatient as part of a series of applications used in conjunction with Microsoft's HoloLens headset; the software allows the HoloLens to overlay a life-size, three-dimensional patient avatar in an actual classroom.

Professors view such technology as a cost-effective means of immersing students in otherwise inaccessible environments, supplementing existing solutions or substituting for them in institutions that lack the resources for actors, mannequins, or simulation facilities.

Pearson's HoloPatient simulations of an allergic cyclist, an older adult taking a balance test, and a patient suffering chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were generated by filming scenes with Microsoft's holographic capture technology.

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