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21st century

Interactive virtual reality

The problem

Current medical visualization techniques have limitations in representing the complex 3D relationships present in human anatomy. In order to successfully identify an area of interest from a 3D medical data set, as those produced by CT, MRI and other devices, doctors are required to integrate a series of 2D images in their mind and cognitively extract the relevant 3D relationships that define the tissue or organ of interest as well as its neighboring anatomy. In complex cases, they must visually map two or more views of the same data to find appropriate correspondences of one view with another view to produce a match and determine if what they see is the tissue they want to evaluate.

The solution

The True 3D system developed by EchoPixel is a real time interactive virtual reality system integrated into a DICOM diagnostic grade work station. The True 3D approach is significantly different from current 3D rendering technologies because it enables readers to visualize and interact with tissue and organs in open 3D space (rather than only on a 2D monitor) using a hand-directed stylus as if they were real physical objects.

Clinical efficacy of True 3D

  • Enriched anatomical understanding

  • Enhanced reader tolerance to image noise

  • Heightened visual perception

Workflow significance of True 3D

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  • Quickly identify the anatomy of interest and determine its location in relation to surrounding anatomy 

  • Enhanced detection of clinically significant structures by accurately depicting depth information which enhances the contours of the anatomy

  • Interactively dissect malformations for detailed evaluation using a hand-directed stylus.