Virtual reality assists surgeons and radiologists

Canadian Healthcare Technology | Jerry Zeidenberg 

To the 3D printing that’s taking the medical world by storm, we can now add another innovative, three-dimensional technology – interactive virtual reality. Wearing special goggles and manipulating instruments, clinicians can examine diagnostic images that appear to float in space in front of them.

A leader in the field of 3D virtual reality is EchoPixel, Inc., of Mountain View, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley. EchoPixel’s True 3D technology is the first FDA approved virtual reality system for medical-image processing.

In addition to Stanford University, the Cleveland Clinic and the University of California, San Francisco, EchoPixel is now testing the technology in pilot projects with the Hospital for Sick Children, in Toronto, and the Toronto General Hospital’s cardiac centre.