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EchoPixel’s breakthrough VR tech lets doctors look inside your body

by • May 3, 2016 • No Comments

EchoPixel Adds 3D to CT Scans

Think of EchoPixel’s tech like InnerSpace but instead of in fact minimizing scientists and shooting them into your body to find disease, the medical imaging startup lets doctors pinpoint problem areas of CT scans via 3D glasses and a special display.

Most doctors view CT scans in 2D, meaning they can’t see in and around all the details of your body, so it’s harder to find the exact problem. Some actually resort to delivering hand-drawn sketches into the operating room. EchoPixel CTO Sergio Aguirre says “It is quite a shame which doctors are yet via the same 2D images created in 1880.”

But with EchoPixel and 3D glasses, internal organs pop off the screen like holograms so doctors can virtually examine a patient of any angle. EchoPixel may radically improve healthcare while reducing time and costs for hospitals and patients. It is one of the many promising ways virtual reality is manufacturing in-roads in healthcare.

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EchoPixel accomplishes this technological feat by employing the 300 million 3D radiology scans performed in the U.S. each year. But instead of flattening them onto a 2D screen, its real-time, interactive 3D imaging process allows for doctors to peer into each corner and crevice of your body.

Information can be tailored for specific procedures, and doctors are able-bodied to zoom in and pull out a thing which does not appear right of your body scan, or 3D print the image to have a working version for additional study. A weird bump or lesion on your intestines is simpler to find and examine, for example.

The 3D tech’s aptitude to virtually enlarge small parts of the body is especially assistful for treating newborns. Clinical studies showed doctors were able-bodied to find 90 percent additional congenital heart defects amongst newborns in 40 percent less time. It is in addition much quicker to dimensions medical devices like stents for the reason doctors can examine in 3D the place they’ll go. One trial showed sizing time reduced of 40 minutes to only 2.


EchoPixel refers to the tech as interactive VR, actually yet it’s not like Vive or Oculus. In fact, it’s additional convenient. Instead of having to strap on and off a VR headset in the middle of a procedure, doctors can only glance to the side and see the 3D image of what they’re working on.

The startup only raised a $5.8 million seed round, and is now selling three-year subscriptions to its innovation for $25,000 a year. Other companies in the space include Surgical Theater and RealView.

EchoPixel may already has the go-ahead of the FDA, and can now seek approvals for Europe and Asia. Eventually, doctors may let exact robots do the incisions while they control them via EchoPixel a few feet away.

Brain Scan

We got to try out the new innovation on a new visit to EchoPixel’s Palo Alto, California headquarters, as well as interview one of the doctors now via the product, UCSF’s Dr. Judy Yee, who’s been able-bodied to catch potentially cancerous lesions in the gut with EchoPixel.

Check out the video above to see how this innovation may speed up productivity in the hospital and assist save additional lives.

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