Fluorescence-guided surgical system using holographic display: from phantom studies to canine patients

Mebin B. George, Benjamin Lew, Zuodong Liang, Steven Blair, Zhongmin Zhu, Nan Cui, Jamie Ludwig, Mohamed Zayed, Laura Selmic, Viktor Gruev

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Significance: Holographic display technology is a promising area of research that can lead to significant advancements in cancer surgery. We present the benefits of combining bioinspired multispectral imaging technology with holographic goggles for fluorescence-guided cancer surgery. Through a series of experiments with 43Dprinted phantoms, small animal models of cancer, and surgeries on canine patients with head and neck cancer, we showcase the advantages of this holistic approach. Aim: The aim of our study is to demonstrate the feasibility and potential benefits of utilizing holographic display for fluorescence-guided surgery through a series of experiments involving 3D-printed phantoms and canine patients with head and neck cancer. Approach: We explore the integration of a bioinspired camera with a mixed reality headset to project fluorescent images as holograms onto a see-through display, and we demonstrate the potential benefits of this technology through benchtop and in vivo animal studies. Results: Our complete imaging and holographic display system showcased improved delineation of fluorescent targets in phantoms compared with the 2D monitor display approach and easy integration into the veterinarian surgical workflow. Conclusions: Based on our findings, it is evident that our comprehensive approach, which combines a bioinspired multispectral imaging sensor with holographic goggles, holds promise in enhancing the presentation of fluorescent information to surgeons during intraoperative scenarios while minimizing disruptions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number096003
JournalJournal of biomedical optics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2023


  • bioinspired sensors
  • cancer surgery
  • fluorescence guided surgery
  • goggles
  • holographic displays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomaterials


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