Newly published research shows that tech developed by two Washington University in St. Louis faculty members improves physician accuracy when treating irregular heartbeat in the operating room.

Jennifer N. Avari Silva, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine, and Jonathan Silva, associate professor of biomedical engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering, co-led a team that tested a Microsoft HoloLens headset with augmented reality software during cardiac ablation procedures on patients at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The system allows a doctor to guide catheter controls during the procedure using her or his gaze, while keeping the hands free and sterile.

The Journal of the American College of Cardiology – Clinical Electrophysiology, International Conference on Human Computer Interaction, and IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine, all recently published the trial’s results. Read more on the McKelvey School of Engineering’s website.

The Silvas (who are also husband and wife) founded the startup SentiAR as a platform for their tech. They are previous LEAP winners, having received the award from the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The Silvas are currently working with the Office of Technology Management to further prepare the software for market. Read more about their relationship with OTM in the latest online edition of Washington.