EchoPixel Makes Headway with VR Tech, Shows Internal Parts of Human Body
EchoPixel makes 3D view possible in CT scans
You can liken Echopixel’s technology to Innerspace, but rather than creating micro-scientists to be shot into your body to find diseases, the medical start-up has instead brought Think of EchoPixel’s tech like InnerSpace but instead of actually minimizing scientists and shooting them into your body to find disease, the medical imaging start-up lets doctors point out problems in the body with the use of 3D glasses and special display while using CT scans
In most cases, 2D is still in wide usage by most doctors which makes it difficult to see every corner of the interiors of the body thereby making it more difficult to figure out what the problem is. In some cases, hand sketches are used in the operating room. “It’s really a shame that doctors are still using the same 2D images designed in 1880.” EchoPixel CTO Sergio Aguirre says.
With the introduction of 3D glasses and EchoPixel’s new technology, internal parts of the body display like hologram thereby, making doctors able to examine a patient from an angle. EchoPixel can make healthcare better while at the same time bring down cost for hospitals and patients. It is an implementation that makes virtual reality a possibility for use in healthcare.
It is possible for EchoPixel to bring to life this this technological feat by employing the 300 million 3D radiology scans performed in the U.S. each year. The only difference is that rather than flattening them onto a 2D screen, its real-time, interactive 3D imaging system lets doctors look into and examine every part of your body.
In treating newborns, the possibility of virtually enlarging tiny parts of the body has proven to be effective. Also, it has been found that in newborns, it takes 40 percent less time to figure out 90 percent congenital heart defects. Also due to the fact that doctors can examine in 3D wherever they go, it takes lesser time to size medical devices like stents. In an experiment, sizing time reduced from 40 minutes to 2 minutes. One trial showed sizing time reduced from 40 minutes to just 2.
The technology which EchoPixel refers to as interactive Virtual Reality is not like Vive or Oculus. It is in fact, more convenient. It does not require strapping on and off a VR headset in the middle of a procedure. Just a glance sideways and the doctors can see the 3D image of what they are working on.
The startup is selling subscriptions to its technology which will last three years for $25,000 a year. It also just raised a seed round of $5.8 million. Other companies include Surgical Theatre and RealView. Since EchoPixel already has the go-ahead from the FDA, it only needs to get the same in Europe and Asia and then possibly in the nearest future precise robots can be allowed to do incisions while being controlled via Echopixel just some meters away.