Hologram-guided heart surgery

RealView Imaging Ltd
Israel (Yokneam)

Israeli startup RealView Imaging is using 3D holographic imaging to revolutionise medical training. By beaming projections of light from sources such as ultrasounds, Shaul Gelman and his team are constructing hyperrealistic images in ‘space’.

The surgeon looks through a piece of a glass to view a huge life sized 3D holographic image of the organ that is being operating on and move it around via voice commands – in real time.

It seems to ‘float in the air” in front of the doctor’s eyes, with no special eyeglasses or screen, and enables them to see the anatomy of the organ involved.

RealView Imaging Ltd

Working accurately to print light in 3D images removes limitations of cumbersome user interface tools such as a mouse – and is the first example of such precise interaction with floating images. Doctors can “touch” and manipulate images real time, rather than relying on two-dimensional images created by ultrasound devices or CT scans,.

“This is different. This is projecting elements of light called pixels into space. You can actually have depth perception,” Shaul explains. “It’s sort of like looking at the real thing. It’s amazing, really.”

This cost-effective solution to expensive practical training allows medics to gain a deeper understanding of the human body while avoiding risks in the operating theatre – performing holographic heart surgery, interacting with a growing foetus in obstetrics and operating on complex arteries.

Following the completion of clinical trials, medical holography may once have seemed the stuff of science fiction, is only a heartbeat away from becoming reality.

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Written by

Natasha Drewnicki (05 March 2020)


Natasha Drewnicki has rendered her insatiable nosiness into a career in journalism and PR. When not juggling projects in Barcelona, she'll be surfing in North Spain or Cornwall.

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Shaul Gelman CEO/Founder, Dr. Shimon Eckhouse, Chairman & Aviad Kaufman, President/Founder

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