Missouri Company Using Holograms to Assist Heart Surgeons

SentiAR, a St. Louis-based augmented reality company, is developing technology that can create holograms of a patient’s heart, with the goal of reducing operating times and improving patient outcomes.

“SentiAR’s unique AR engine, proprietary data flow, visualization algorithms, and patented handsfree interface provide physicians with an unprecedented connection to their digital tools during procedures,” said SentiAR CEO Berk Tas.

Using SentiAR’s technology, physicians can view, measure, and manipulate real-time holographic images of the patient’s heart during medical procedures, while still being able to clearly see the operating room environment. This gives physicians complete, real-time, visual control of both the virtual and real worlds.

“Our goal is to provide physicians who perform cardiac ablation procedures with a patient-specific hologram of the heart and the instruments that they are using inside of it,” said Dr. Jennifer Silva, SentiAR’s Chief Medical Officer. “By improving the visualization of this information and empowering the physician with direct control of the model, we will make these procedures both simpler and safer. Knowing that our peers – cardiologists and engineers – see the value of our solution and the potential impact it will have for both patients and practitioners is tremendous validation for SentiAR’s model.”

Missouri’s health innovation industry employs 54,000 people in almost 5,300 companies statewide. Additionally, Missouri is home to some of the most prestigious hospitals and medical schools in the world, with more than 40 Missouri colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees or higher in biological or biomedical sciences.

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