Innovations in virtual surgery
Virtual and remote surgery can be a life-altering solution for patients living in rural areas, particularly in big countries like India or China.
With experienced surgeons in big cities monitoring surgical operations in real time as they are being carried out in rural countryside hospitals, 5G connectivity has indeed upped the ante in virtual and remote surgical treatment profoundly.
Since 2019, there have been several virtual and remote surgeries performed on humans around the world, particularly in China. The areas of surgery range from the brain, cardiology, orthopedics, gallbladder removal to dental care.
Of note in the recent field of virtual surgery is the Proximie technology platform created by Dr Nadine Hachach-Haram. In her wish to share surgical expertise and information in real time, she came up with the platform that lets surgeons connect virtually and interact across borders.
Additionally, Proximie is also a great platform to train new surgeons. The platform allows expert surgeons to virtually ‘scrub-in’ to operating rooms all over the world and give real-time advice and guidance to their colleagues.
Her vision is to equalize the standard of surgical treatment around the world and not let the geographical location of expert surgeons limit their sharing of valuable expertise and knowledge.
Of new acclaim, particularly in the area of heart surgery, is EchoPixel’s creation of digital twins of patients as 4D interactive holograms. This allows surgeons to plan and study extensively before surgeries actually begin.
So much so that apparently, its True3D system has been readily adopted by several heart programs in the USA. The same system was employed in a handful of high-profile surgeries.
Osso VR is co-founded by Matt Newport, a veteran game developer who employs his extensive game developer skills in creating hyper realistic and immersive technology for training surgeons.
The draw of Osso VR is that it works well with most off-the-shelf technology, making for solutions that are thankfully, affordable and also highly scalable.
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