Holoxica, medical holography
The mythical “Star Wars” display isn’t a fantasy anymore. Created by Holoxica, the HoloMedical3D project is a third generation holographic display that aims to create a volumetric space in the air allowing the visualization of images of medical scanners.
Holographic technology uses the physical principles of diffraction to form images in space. Holoxica has developed several generations of holographic technologies, ranging from static images to animated video screens.
A hologram is a 2D surface that can diffuse light using the physical principles of diffraction, to form 3D shapes both in front of and behind this surface. Diffraction occurs when light is scattered by objects that are about the same size as the light itself, that is, about 500 nanometers.
Holoxica specializes in the production of 3D color holographic images from medical scanners such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), emission tomography (PET) or ultrasound. Digital holograms are used for awareness and education.
Holoxica has produced digital holograms of virtually all human organs such as the liver, lungs, heart, brain and all tissues of the human body (skeleton, vascular system, nerves, muscles and major organs). One of the challenges of teaching anatomy is to teach the 3D structure of the body because all printed materials can only show flat images. Holograms easily display the relationship of body structures to each other in 3D, making learning less demanding for students and patients
Holographic technology does not require glasses. 3D images can be viewed naturally without any discomfort or inconvenience.
The benefits of holographic volumetric display include faster 3D image interpretation, faster surgery, and better surgical procedures. Holoxica’s CEO, Javid Khan, expects this advance to improve the quality of diagnoses and treatments while saving hospitals time and money. “Studies estimate that surgery, for example, would be about 15% faster and about 20% better in terms of incisions, seams, and so on. “.
“I’ve always wondered why the ideal 3D display, as promised by science fiction, never materialized, and I wanted to fix it,” he says. And, with the colleagues and partners who joined him in this quest, he has certainly made a lot of progress. While the iconic applications of science fiction remain out of reach, especially because of the computing power and bandwidth they need, what has been achieved has the thrill of being real.
“There are fewer than 10 companies in the world that can provide this type of 3D image,” he observes. “There are even fewer who can provide moving images, as we can.”
Khan reaches out to potential investors, confident that they will see the potential of this irresistible search. “We know how to make holograms. We know how to turn scans into holograms, “he concludes. “And we hope people will trust our ability to go beyond static displays, and support customers with mobile in the near future.”