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Virtual Reality System for Surgical Planning and Imaging Diagnostics Unveiled

By MedImaging International staff writers
Posted on 04 Aug 2016
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Image: The True 3D Viewer software for surgical planning and imaging diagnostics (Photo courtesy of EchoPixel).
Image: The True 3D Viewer software for surgical planning and imaging diagnostics (Photo courtesy of EchoPixel).
A new surgical planning and imaging diagnostics system that provides a life-like Virtual Reality (VR) view of patient anatomy, is now ready for clinical implementation.

The system is intended to facilitate image reading for clinicians, for use as a diagnostic aid, and for planning complex surgical procedures. The system presents Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance (MR) imaging data in 3D enabling clinicians to interact with the data as with real physical objects. The system presents patient-specific anatomy in an open 3D space. The system was designed for use by radiologists, cardiologists including pediatric cardiologists, and interventional neuro-radiologists, amongst others.

EchoPixel (Mountain View, CA, USA) developed the True 3D VR system. The system works with the Hewlett Packard (HP; Palo Alto, CA, USA) Zvr Interactive VR display and the HP Z440 workstation that use zSpace technology. The display and workstation, together with EchoPixel's True 3D viewer comply with regulatory requirements as a turnkey solution for surgical planning and diagnostic imaging. The partnership between HP and EchoPixel is intended to speed up the adoption of new medical VR technologies worldwide. The system has received US FDA 510k clearance.

Ron Schilling, EchoPixel CEO, said, "I believe our partnership with HP will be a formative moment in the development and distribution of virtual reality in the medical imaging space. HP has a long record of leadership in this industry, a strong network of partnerships, and a powerful commitment to their customers. We believe that virtual reality is the next revolution in medical imaging, and with our FDA cleared system, together we can deliver this technology into hospitals, clinics, and medical schools around the world."

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