HoloAnatomy®
Software Suite

Anatomy
goes digital

The HoloAnatomy® Software Suite* emerged out of a vision by CWRU and Cleveland Clinic to establish a new Health Education Campus named the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion.

As building plans were made, interest in exploring the most advanced learning technology combined with an early introduction to Microsoft HoloLens led to a dramatic change in the CWRU School of Medicine (SOM) anatomy curriculum, from a cadaver-based curriculum to a new digital, “Living Anatomy” curriculum. The result is a first-in-kind, engaging and academically tested and validated mixed reality medical anatomy education tool.

*patent pending.

Studies have shown that the HoloAnatomy® Software is not only effective and time-saving, but preferable over cadaveric dissection in some aspects.

In a controlled trial in the musculoskeletal system, students who learned using the HoloAnatomy® Software achieved the same scores as those that were in the cadaver lab, but the ones who learned in HoloLens did so in about half of the time. This has since been repeated and the results confirmed. Other studies have shown a dramatic improvement in students’ long-term retention of knowledge when using the HoloAnatomy® Software as compared to a cadaver lab.

The HoloAnatomy® Software has now been installed as the primary means of medical education at the CWRU SOM since the academic year 2019/2020, and was even modified to be taught virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

From our CWRU School of Medicine students -

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“I think the hardest part of anatomy is the relationships, and the biggest strength of HoloLens is being able to stick your face in and see the relationships between things. What's deep to it, what’s superficial, to it what's lateral... just how to find things.”

MITCHELL THOM
MD CANDIDATE '23

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“Looking at reproductive tissues and the urinal track, it was much better on HoloLens. It's not even... it was so good. You could see every structure, it was well defined. You could see the margins and really intricate structures that you can't see grossly with the naked eye on a cadaver.”

DOMINIQUE TUCKER
MD CANDIDATE '23

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You're able to see microstructures, and things that you normally wouldn’t see in a body because they were torn during dissection or they're too small to see. You can appreciate how things are in relation to each other in terms of location and depth - HoloLens provides that."

KAELYNN WORKMAN
MD CANDIDATE '23

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PUBLICATIONS

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Katie Couric Visits IC

Journalist Katie Couric visited Cleveland as part of her reporting series "Cities on the Rise." As part of this story,...
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HoloAnatomy Software Featured in Fortune Magazine

Fortune Magazine Editor in Chief, Cliff Leaf, visited the Cleveland Clinic to discuss new disruptions in healthcare. As part of...
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IC on CBS Sunday Morning

The IC and its work on using HoloLens to teach medical anatomy was featured in a broader story on CBS Sunday...
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Featured in Wall Street Journal Video

CWRU's efforts to transform anatomy education using HoloLens were featured in a nice overview video produced by The Wall St....
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HoloAnatomy App Named Finalist for International Science Media Awards

The HoloAnatomy® demo app designed by the Interactive Commons to highlight how mixed-reality technology can transform education, is a finalist...
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IC Develops First Third Party Application for HoloLens

Developers in the IC helped CWRU make history by delivering the first third party application in the Microsoft HoloLens app...