Doctors currently use 2D imagery, which was designed in 1880 and severely limits their ability to see in and around everything in the body, making it more difficult to find the exact problem.But that’s all about to change with the introduction of EchoPixel, a special display and a pair of 3D glasses.
Internal organs literally pop off the screen like holograms with this innovative technology, allowing doctors to virtually examine patients from any angle as if they were physical objects. This could drastically improve healthcare and reduce both time and costs for healthcare facilities and patients.
Hospitals in the U.S. Perform about 300 million 3D radiology scans every year. But those scans are flattened onto 2D screens for viewing. EchoPixel’s real-time, interactive 3D imaging system uses the same radiology scans but doesn’t flatten them.
Information can be customized for different procedures and doctors can zoom in and even pull out anything that doesn’t look right from the scan, or print the image in 3D for further study. This technology can also virtually enlarge small areas, making it particularly helpful in treating newborn babies. Studies showed that doctors could find 90 percent more heart defects among newborns in less than half the time. It also makes sizing medical devices such as stents much faster, as doctors can examine where they’ll go in 3D.
EchoPixel calls this technology interactive VR, although it’s nothing like Oculus or Vive, it’s a lot more easy to use. Instead of having to use a VR headset during a procedure, doctors simply glance at the 3D image of whatever they are working on.
The medical imagery startup just raised almost $6 million and is now selling 3-year subscriptions for a yearly fee of $25,000. Other companies with similar technology include RealView and Surgical Theater.
EchoPixel has already received the go-ahead from the FDA and will now go to Asia and Europe for approval. Check out the video to see how this technology could revolutionize the medical industry, speed up productivity and save lives.
Trish is a freelance writer/editor and has been writing in the technical field for the past 5 years. She particularly enjoys keeping her fingers on the pulse and learning about new technologies as they are developed.