3D imaging could pave the way for surgeons preparing for surgery.
Nowadays most doctor’s view CT scans in 2D, which is great however restricts detail. A 2D image won’t let you see in and around all the details of your body, so it’s makes it difficult to find the exact problem. According to some surgeons, even hand drawn sketches are used in the operating room!
EchoPixel CTO Sergio Aguirre says “It’s really a shame that doctors are still using the same 2D images designed in 1880.”
Echopixel is a medical 3D imaging system which allows surgeons to view and interact with a patient’s tissues and organs in a 3D form. EchoPixel renders patient-specific anatomy in an intuitive, interactive virtual reality format, leading directly to increased clinical knowledge, faster operations, and better care.
With EchoPixel and 3D glasses, internal organs seem to pop off the screen like holograms. Subsequently allowing doctors to virtually examine a patient from any angle. It seems Echopixel could improve healthcare while reducing time and costs for hospitals and patients.
Over 300 million 3D radiology scans are performed in the U.S. each year. Instead of flattening them onto a 2D screen, Echopixel’s real-time, interactive 3D imaging system allows doctors to view into every corner and crevice of your body.
“We believe that Virtual Reality is the next revolution in medical imaging,” EchoPixel Inc. Chief Executive Ron Schilling said. “With our FDA-cleared system, together we can deliver this technology into hospitals, clinics, and medical schools around the world.”
The True 3D tool comes to life with HP’s Zvr display, powered by zSpace Inc.’s technology, and the HP Z440 Workstation. This powers the 3D imaging tool into an open 3D space where surgeons can visualise and interact with 3D holograms of tissues and organs.
Four cameras are used to track the user’s head movements. The glasses are used to turn images into 3D visuals, and a stylus allows users to move and interact with the objects in real time.
The startup this year raised a $5.8 million (£4.8m) seed round, and is now selling three-year subscriptions to its technology for $25,000 (£20,000) a year. Other companies in the space include Surgical Theater and RealView.
The firm has already had the go-ahead from the FDA, and is now seeking approvals from Europe and Asia. Soon, there may be a time where doctors could let precise robots do the incisions while they control them via EchoPixel a few feet away.