Siemens Healthineers has released the Cinematic Reality app for Apple Vision Pro, enabling users such as surgeons, medical students, and patients to view interactive holograms of the human body from medical scans in their real-world environment. It’s designed to assist in surgical planning, medical education, and patient visualization.

“Cinematic Reality gives people the opportunity to immerse themselves in a world of photorealistic renderings of the human anatomy,” said Christian Zapf, head of digital and automation at Siemens Healthineers. “Apple Vision Pro perfectly presents that three-dimensional experience, combined with great flexibility and standalone use. We see great potential for the technology for clinical as well as educational purposes.”

Apple Vision Pro, the company’s first virtual reality device, blends digital content with the user’s physical world. Users can interact with apps with hand gestures or by simply looking at them, tapping their fingers to select, flicking their wrist to scroll, or using a virtual keyboard or dictation to type.

The Cinematic Reality app on Apple Vision Pro allows users to zoom into details of clinical images, enlarging content and rotating around a rendering of the human body, and provides 2D reading tools such as scrolling. Cinematic Reality app users can visualize clinical cases directly through the native app without connecting to an additional computer.

The Cinematic Reality app helps to provide a more realistic way of visualizing organs or body parts, making it possible to better explain clinical cases to patients, discuss clinical questions around referrals, or educate medical students. In the future, the app could assist surgeons in preoperative planning, facilitate interdisciplinary communication between specialists in different fields, or help patients to better understand scans and conditions.

The app is currently a prototype in development and is not available on the Apple App Store.

“We have further optimized our existing algorithm of Cinematic Reality to allow computationally intense methods to run on Apple Vision Pro’s M2 processor,” says Sebastian Krueger, lead developer of Cinematic Reality app at Siemens Healthineers. “The rendering technique is used to simulate the way light interacts with objects in a virtual environment, producing highly realistic lighting and reflections in the resulting images.”