CHICAGO, November 27, 2017 – EchoPixel is showcasing the latest version of True 3D, the first interactive, mixed reality software solution that assists radiologists and surgeons with detailed interpretation of medical images for improved diagnoses and more precise surgical planning, here, at the 103rd Annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting, November 26-December 1, 2017 (North Hall #8008).
EchoPixel’s True 3D will also be featured in the Virtual Reality Showcase in the RSNA Learning Center.
EchoPixel’s True 3D software offers next generation surgical planning capabilities. The True 3D Viewer software enables physicians and surgeons to interact with medical images the way they would with physical objects in the real world. The system leverages DICOM image data to create life-size holographic versions of organs, blood vessels and other structures, allowing physicians to rotate, re-size, dissect, and make incisions to virtual patient specific anatomy. This capability enables physicians to read images faster, leading to faster diagnoses and provides enhanced pre-operative planning.
Version 1.6.2 expands supported modalities beyond CT and MR to include ultrasound with Doppler and C-Arm fluoroscopy images. The integration of blood flow, or hemodynamics data, into 3D representations provides structural and functional data, expanding the clinical utility of ultrasound. For example, this may help better assess implantable device sizing, fibroid and uterine vascularity as well as fetal heart assessment.
By supporting C-Arm views, True 3D software can show a fluoroscopy image in 3D, as well as use other imaging datasets to create a 3D digital reconstruction radiograph (DRR), enabling clinicians to better understand the focal point, location and orientation of fluoroscopy images. Visualizing patient anatomy and overlaid fluoroscopy images in the OR and cath lab, can help clinicians determine which anatomic structures are in front of or behind the fluoro image plane, as well as better understand where the catheter is in relation to the fluoro plane and patient anatomy.
“True 3D Software addresses day-to-day hospital challenges, such as, faster surgical planning, a better understanding of possible complication areas, reducing OR time and advancing patient engagement and outcomes,” said Sergio Aguirre, CEO, EchoPixel.
The latest version of True 3D software also features a new reporting structure specifically designed to help improve the translation of images and expand the surgical planning services radiologists provide surgeons. Key Bookmark Scenes (KBS) files provide a graphical, anatomically meaningful 3D model that enables the surgeon to visualize complex spatial relationships of the patient’s anatomy and pathology.
The virtual patient data is presented in the same view and orientation they would see in the OR. Additionally, the radiologist can create a surgical plan with key step instructions and visualizations. In following the KBS surgical plan, the surgeon can click on “next step” button and the image data is placed on the current position defined in the plan. This is analogous to using an internet maps app to augment driving directions with 3D visualizations of key landmarks along the route.
The KBS file can be saved and pushed to the PACS for the surgeon to refine the surgical plan and use as a reference during the procedure. The surgeon can interact with the virtual patient’s image data, as well as create cross-sections, label key structures and take measurements. For example, the surgeon is able to use interactive tools to visualize different stages for a dissection, surgical procedure or implantable device sizing and implantation.
“Ultimately, this is about improving communication and collaboration across the patient care team, which can lead to better care. When radiologists and surgeons can seamlessly work together to review images and develop a more precise surgical plan, that procedure is going to be performed more accurately and safely. True 3D make medical images more accessible to clinicians and enhances the value radiologists bring to the surgical planning process,” added Aguirre.
EchoPixel is building a new world of patient care with its groundbreaking medical visualization software. The company's FDA-cleared True 3D Viewer uses existing medical image datasets to create virtual reality environments of patient-specific anatomy, allowing physicians to view and dissect images just as they would real, physical objects. The technology aims to make reading medical images more intuitive, help physicians reach diagnosis, and assist in surgical planning. Leading institutions, including the University of California, San Francisco, the Cleveland Clinic, the Lahey Clinic, and more are using True 3D in clinical and research applications. EchoPixel is a privately held, venture backed company located in Mountain View, Calif.
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Chris K Joseph