Doctors can now get a 3-D holographic look at your insides
Original Post By: Jeniece Pettitt
Dr. Judy Yee has spent decades pouring over medical scans trying to make sense of 3-D problems on a flat screen. But now a breakthrough technology is making her job a lot easier.
She uses EchoPixel’s True 3-D software. It takes data from CT and MRI scans and transforms it into 3-D holographic images so she can view and interact with patient tissues and organs as if they were real physical objects. Medical 3-D imaging is not new, but the way organs appear to pop out of the screen and the ease at which the anatomy can be manipulated has never been seen before in medicine.
“I have found it to be a completely novel way of looking at the CT data,” said Dr. Yee, vice chair of radiology and biomedical imaging at the University of California, San Francisco, in a phone interview. “It’s been a long time since I’ve seen anything like this. It’s a game changer.”
EchoPixel, a Mountain View, CA start-up, developed the software three years ago and it got FDA approval last year. The imaging technology allows doctors to more accurately diagnose disease and prepare for surgeries, say its developers.
“There’s no reason why a doctor should be a looking at a 2-D image in 2016,” said EchoPixel CTO Sergio Aguirre.
Aguirre describes True 3-D as a holographic experience, but explains that it is actually a virtual reality system, just without the VR headset. Instead, the user wears 3-D glasses paired with a HP Zvr display. A stylus allows the physician to effortlessly grab and manipulate the anatomy. Aquirre says the technology can work with many advanced hardware display, but the company partnered with HP to get the systems into hospitals worldwide.
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