Cleveland Clinic uses hologram technology to bring medical students inside the human body

By Alexandra Zaslow

The Cleveland Clinic is ahead of the game when it comes to technology.

Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric visited the world-renowned hospital as part of her series “Cities Rising: Rebuilding America.”

While there, she got to participate in a demonstration of the HoloLens, which is a technology developed by Microsoft that allows medical students to train on a hologram instead of a cadaver.

The Cleveland Clinic teamed up with Case Western Reserve University to launch this technology, and they’ve been blown away by the results.

“With just a few clicks of our fingers, we can see all this detail, we can look and see inside the heart,” Mark Griswold, radiology professor at Case Western Reserve University, told Couric. “This would take hours in a cadaver lab.”

The hospital and university broke ground on the 485,000-square-foot Health Education Campus in 2015, which is set to be up and running in time for the 2019 fall school semester.

The new building is designed to support interprofessional learning and offer the most advanced technology available. The plan is to not have any cadavers on the new campus.

“I think we’re seeing it right now in education, and I think it’s going to move on to the clinical applications,” Toby Cosgrove, Cleveland Clinic CEO, told Couric. “It’s going to teach patients in the future about their problems. It’s going to be an incredibly expanding way to understand what’s going on in the human body.”