Patients do not understand complex 2D imaging data and traditional virtual and augmented reality make large-scale knowledge sharing difficult, so Xenco Medical turned to holographic displays
➨ Xenco Medical CEO Jason Haider demonstrated the solution, called HoloMedX, during the VR/AR Global Summit last week
➨ HoloMedX uses Looking Glass Factory holographic displays and established image reproduction techniques
➨ Xenco Medical is in the process of rolling out HoloMedX to teaching hospitals and private practices
Surgical implant maker Xenco Medical has launched a glasses- and headset-free holographic surgical simulation solution to boost patient communication and knowledge sharing during grand rounds.
Xenco Medical founder and chief executive Jason Haider demonstrated the solution, called HoloMedX, during the VR/AR Global Summit last week.
HoloMedX uses Looking Glass Factory holographic displays and established image reproduction techniques to give surgeons the ability to explain complex surgical procedures using Xenco Medical implants.
Surgeons can manipulate holographic anatomy and implants with air controllers modelled after Xenco Medical’s disposable surgical instruments.
Surgeons have told Xenco Medical that 2D image data such as CT scans require too much imagination and conceptualisation on the part of the patient during conversations about upcoming procedures.
Existing immersive technology solutions using virtual or augmented reality headsets or smart glasses are also too isolating, particularly for the kind of knowledge sharing that needs to be carried out during a surgical grand round, when potentially dozens of medical professionals are present to learn about and discuss clinical cases.
Xenco Medical opted to develop its own novel solution to this problem. Two HoloMedX solutions are available, with the 15.6 in Looking Glass display used for one-on-one patient communication, and the 8k display for grand rounds involving a number of people.
A holographic library containing 3D reproductions of all of Xenco Medical’s implants is included, as is the ability to instantly translate imaging data sets from MRI and CT scans via proprietary software.
An immersive opportunity to explore their own anatomy
Commenting on the launch, Haider says in a press statement: “As a patient-centric company, we’ve made an outsized commitment to developing technologies that address the entire spectrum of a patient’s surgical experience.”
“By developing HoloMedX, the first glasses-free holographic surgical simulation platform, we’re excited to offer patients an immersive opportunity to explore their own anatomy in holographic space while enhancing their surgeon’s ability to educate them by simulating surgery in front of them.”
Shawn Frayne, chief executive officer of Looking Glass Factory, comments: “We’re extremely excited about the work that Xenco Medical is doing. CT and MRI imagery is good, but still quite confusing for patients to understand. Displaying the same anatomy in 3D that doctors can manipulate and interact with will transform medical imaging and greatly enhance patient-doctor communication.”
Xenco Medical is in the process of rolling out HoloMedX to teaching hospitals and private practices. The company will share the results of this first launch next year.
Images: Looking Glass Factory and Xenco Medical