In Virtual Reality, Doctors Can Reach Inside Your Organs

Rebecca Hiscott, The Daily Dot

If you or I could look at a 3D model of a patient's colon, divided into neatly color-coded segments and floating on a screen in front, we probably wouldn't marvel at the anatomical intricacies of the large intestine. We’d more likely be drawn to the novelty of this immersive, unfamiliar technology—even if it requires wearing plastic glasses similar to those from 3D movies in the '90s, sans red and blue cellophane.

But when doctors sits in front of this screen, they see an answer to a problem that has plagued their profession since technology like ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) first allowed a peek inside patients' heads and hearts and bowels, but could only display the resulting anatomical data on a two-dimensional plane. With this virtual modeling platform, medical technology startup EchoPixel hopes to eliminate the disconnect of having to "solve a 3D problem using 2D images," as the company's CTO and founder, Sergio Aguirre, put it.