ImmersiveTouch upgrades VR surgical planning platform

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Chicago-headquartered ImmersiveTouch has unveiled the latest version of its virtual reality (VR) personalised surgical planning platform.

Quick read

➨ The latest version offers a high degree of accuracy and simple-to-use VR interface

➨ Asurgeon used both MR and CT scans to evaluate the spinal deformity through ImmersiveView 3.0

➨ ImmersiveTouch is highlighting its platform at the Radiological Society of North America’s 2019 Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting being held in Chicago this week

The story

ImmersiveView 3.0 allows physicians to simultaneously combine patient computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR) and VR for surgical planning.

The latest version, which offers a high degree of accuracy and simple-to-use VR interface, made its clinical debut recently in Chicago to assist with a scoliosis procedure.

According to ImmersiveTouch, the surgeon used both MR and CT scans to evaluate the spinal deformity.

Using ImmersiveView 3.0, the surgeon was able to better understand the relationship between the bone and nerve at its point of most compression.

Advances in imaging in the last 15 years have led to 3D recreations of anatomy, but they could only be viewed on a 2D display, limiting the ability to fully interact with the model and assess the patient’s anatomy. ImmersiveView 3.0 overcomes this limitation by providing the surgeon and clinician full 3D depth perception of medical imaging in a VR display.

ImmersiveTouch is highlighting its platform at the Radiological Society of North America’s 2019 Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting being held in Chicago this week.

ImmersiveView 3.0 will be presented by Dr Farid Shafaie and Dr Pravin Patel during their symposium at the 3D Printing and Advanced Visualization Showcase, named ‘Next generation of advanced visualization for surgical planning and optimizing analysis utilizing immersive reality with haptic feedback and air models’.

Commenting on the release of the new version, Jay Banerjee, chief executive officer of ImmersiveTouch, said: “Since our inception, it has been our vision to provide world-class virtual reality based imaging tools that optimise workflows and provide increased access to critical information, ultimately enabling physicians to perform highly delicate procedures with greater speed and precision.”

The new product release follows ImmersiveTouch agreeing a co-marketing deal with Zimmer Biomet’s craniomaxillofacial business, marking a significant expansion of its VR suite into the neurosurgery market.

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