Body parts floating in 3D space to give medicine virtual shape

Ben Gruber, Reuters

New imaging technology that processes hundreds of medical scans to generate a perfect virtual 3D model of the human body will allow doctors to more accurately diagnose disease and prepare for complex surgical procedures.

In clinical trials using the technology, surgeons were able to more effectively correct congenital heart defects in newborns while dramatically decreasing the amount of time it took to prepare for the procedures.  

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Gut Check: How EchoPixel Gives Surgeons an Interactive, 3D View Inside the Human Body

Andy Vandergrift, NVIDIA Blog

Virtual reality technology has made a big splash in gaming. But VR is serious business, as well. As serious as brain surgery. Anytime you open up the body, there are risks involved. So, wouldn’t it be great to give surgeons a clear look inside a patient’s torso or skull before they make the first incision?

With EchoPixel imaging technology, that vision is becoming reality. EchoPixel’s True 3D Viewer shows a virtual representation of a patient’s body. And it does so in open, immersive 3D.

We’re Seriously Underestimating the Virtual-Reality Market

Sergio Aguirre, Re/code

There’s a substantial enterprise VR market emerging. In terms of immediate uses, zSpace sees a strong potential for non-immersive VR in education. At my company, EchoPixel, we’re anticipating a big impact in the medical space. Today, many surgeons and radiologists are needlessly struggling through flat images of patient anatomy, when they could be working with a realistic digital 3-D representation.

This Interactive System Lets Doctors See Your Guts in Virtual Reality

DJ Pangburn, Motherboard / VICE

Even with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), CT scans and ultrasounds, it's still a bit awkward for doctors to get a three-dimensional perspective of a patient's insides. A company called EchoPixel hopes to change that by bringing medical imaging into the virtual reality era with its True 3D system. True 3D uses DICOM data, the same format used by every MRI scan, CT scan, or ultrasound image. With that data, EchoPixel renders interactive, 3D virtual objects that can, as founder Sergio Aguirre told Motherboard, allow individuals to “explore, dissect and share.”

EchoPixel Helps Doctors Dissect Vital Organs in 3D

Ayesha Salim, IDG Connect

Doctors face a number of challenges when they attempt to solve a clinical problem but this is compounded when they do not have the full information in front of them. The use of x-rays, CT and MRI scans allow doctors to examine medical injuries in greater detail, but doctors still look at these images in 2D form. Now, startup EchoPixel has come up with a medical visualisation software that allows doctors to reach in and dissect a body part hovering in 3D space.

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.

Holograms Will Let Doctors See 3-D Views of Our Insides

Neel V. Patel, WIRED

The t3D software system converts 2D images into a stereoscopic 3-D image. Surgeons and radiologists can cut the virtual structure at any angle across the body, creating an infinite number of cross sections, and rotate the image so it’s positioned exactly as it will be during surgery. The t3D has only been used so far in preliminary studies at UCSF, Stanford, and Cleveland Clinic, but the company hopes to expand fast now that the device has FDA approval.

Bringing Virtual Anatomy to the Operating Room

Samantha Olson, Newsweek

Medicine has come a long way from its “let’s-just-open-it-up-and-take-a-look” past. Today, radiology provides doctors with a look into the body without the need for a single incision. Technologies like computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have opened windows into vital organs, musculature and even the brain. But CT and MRI scans have limitations—they’re 2-D images of body parts uploaded onto a computer, very different from real-life, 3-D organs.

“Doctors are trying to extract 3-D information from flat slices,” says Sergio Aguirre, the founder and chief technology officer of EchoPixel, a tech company trying to solve the flat-screen problem. “We found they are looking at flat image slices, and correlating between images, and in the process, forgetting what they are looking at.” He says that in their research, they found that doctors are trained to move from one 2-D image to the next, memorizing the orientation of each image as they go. But, he says, “they may forget a key feature that will lead them to lose important diagnostic information. It is a small mental lapse that’s happening from data overload.”

Medical Holograms Are Now Part of the Surgeon's Toolkit

Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine

Holograms aren't just for Princess Leia anymore. Interactive technology hitting the market now can help doctors examine vital organs using 3D displays that hover over a desktop screen.

“Using CT scan images, this technology can really reproduce this tube-like colon, re-create it floating in space, and nothing has to actually enter the body. You can rotate the image at different angles, cut it in half and search the interior surface for polyps. It's a way of visualizing the colon that has great potential to improve how quickly you could look at 100 percent of the interior.”

EchoPixel Launches 3D Virtual Imaging with FDA Nod

Diagnostic Imaging

The FDA has approved EchoPixel’s True3D Viewer, the first platform to convert anatomical data from patients into fully interactive, 3D virtual reality images, EchoPixel announced yesterday. True3D compiles data from MRI, CT, and all DICOM imaging data to create an interactive holograph of patient-specific body parts, instead of flat 2D images, EchoPixel said in a release. The rendering allows physicians and students to interact with the anatomical structures. True3D’s technology is an effort to dramatically improve speed and efficacy across a broad range of medical operations, the release said.

FDA in Hand, EchoPixel Preps for Launch of True 3D Platform

Brian Casey, Aunt Minnie

True 3D is designed to address a problem inherent in medical imaging: Cross-sectional scans are fundamentally 2D representations of 3D objects. Radiologists have learned to translate 2D slices into 3D volumes in their minds, but this simply creates extra work for radiologists, according to Sergio Aguirre, chief technology officer of the firm. "We want them not to have to solve a 3D problem and then solve the clinical problem; we want them only to solve the clinical problem from the start," Aguirre said.

FDA clears EchoPixel's True 3D

Michael Bassett, Radiology Business

EchoPixel has received FDA clearance of its True3D Viewer, a technology that creates holography displays—or True 3D­—from CT and MRI data. True 3D takes this data and processes it so that it can be interacted with in an open 3D space. The technology allows users to grasp, manipulate and interact with holographic volumes that appear to float in space via the use of a special stylus.

EchoPixel’s Virtual Anatomy Models FDA-Cleared for Diagnosis, Surgical Planning

Bernadette Tansey, Xconomy

Imagine you’re a surgeon steeling yourself to operate on a child’s defective heart. In the future, doctors like you might be able to do a fail-safe trial run by snipping through a 3D image of the patient’s faulty cardiac anatomy while it floats in mid-air above a desktop. That’s the ultimate goal for Mountain View, CA-based EchoPixel, a software startup that assembles data from 2D diagnostic scans and projects a three-dimensional map of an afflicted organ as a virtual reality image in open space.

EchoPixel Launches With FDA 510(k) Clearance to Bring Interactive Virtual Reality to Healthcare

EchoPixel launched today, introducing a new generation of medical visualization solutions that will transform the practice and study of healthcare. The company announced 510(k) FDA clearance of its True3D Viewer, the first platform to convert anatomical data from patients into fully interactive, three-dimensional virtual reality images.

Working hand-in-hand with top surgeons and radiologists across the country, EchoPixel has created a pioneering technology with clinically relevant applications. True3D enables a new world of patient care, allowing medical professionals and students to interact with patient-specific body parts in an open 3D space emanating from a desktop display. EchoPixel's True3D Viewer brings data from MRI scans, CT scans, and all DICOM imaging to life, letting doctors examine and interact with anatomical structures in an intuitive and non-invasive way. By presenting patient data in lifelike 3D, EchoPixel's technology has been shown to dramatically improve both speed and efficacy across a broad range of medical operations.


ZSpace, EchoPixel Bring 3-D Virtual Reality Technology to Medical Schools

Jose Fermoso, Silicon Valley Business Journal

ZSpace and EchoPixel aim to improve medical education with their virtual reality kit by enabling students and doctors to more accurately replicate work on organs than with other available technology, improving their knowledge and experience so they make fewer errors.

Can We Close the Radiology-Surgery Gap?

Ronald Schilling, PhD, Diagnostic Imaging

Challenges in spatial cognition are compounded by the limitations associated with 2D or 2.5D (viewing 3D data sets in 2D). Having to construct 3D recreations in one’s mind while viewing a series of 2D images is a cognitively intensive process. This is the present practice in medical imaging and continues to give rise to the radiology-surgery gap. As a surgeon recently told me, “I have never opened up a patient and seen a 2D view.” At RSNA, a radiologist told me, when viewing holographic-generated images: “with this capability, I will be able to communicate more effectively with surgeons.”


Medical Device Pioneer Fogarty Institute Opens Application Process

Ron Leuty, San Francisco Business Times

The Fogarty Institute for Innovation is looking for a few good medical device makers. The educational nonprofit, which currently houses 13 med device startups on the campus of El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, expects to pick one to three companies for mentoring, training and access to equipment and other entrepreneurs.

True 3D: Unlocking the Full Potential of Medical Imaging

Mary Beth Massat, Applied Radiology

True 3D (EchoPixel, Mountain View, CA), is an innovative medical visualization software platform that presents image data in an open, 3D space that provides the user with a holographic experience. It enables physicians to visualize and interact with image data depicting tissue and organs as if they were real, physical objects. As such, clinicians can interact with the image data, including rotating, segmenting, and applying cross sections from virtually any physical position. The platform is adaptable to clinicians across specialties, offering specialty-specific protocols for displaying imaging views to help improve workflow, clinical efficiencies, and the delivery of patient care.