Medivis’ Augmented Reality Surgical Planning Tool Gets FDA Approval
There are several medical applications for immersive technologies in the operating theaters. Check out our previous article on the top surgical VR startups in the industry. Many of these have to do with medical training and surgical planning applications.
The latest entrant is a surgical planning toolkit by Medivis. Launched this year, the product has just received the stamp of approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will begin rolling out in various hospitals across the US.
Medivis’ SurgicalAR platform is a visualization tool which is used in guiding surgical navigation. The company says that the AR product helps in reducing complications during surgical operations and also in improving patient outcomes thereby helping cut down on surgical costs.
Medivis is based in New York and was founded by Osamah Choudhry and Christopher Morley. The two founders met as senior residents at the NYU Medical Center and went on to raise $2.3 million in a fundraising that was led by Initialized Capital. For its hardware needs, the startup partnered with both Dell and Microsoft.
The technology is that of Holographic visualization. Medivis founder Choudhry describes it as the final frontier in surgical imaging and navigation. Currently, the surgical world is primarily dependent on the use of two-dimensional imaging technology in understanding and operating on very complex patient pathology. Through the Medivis augmented reality technology, advancements in holographic visualization and navigation are brought forth which help in fundamentally advancing the surgical intervention and revolutionizing the way surgeons safely operate on patients.
Medivis has entered into a hardware partnership with Microsoft and is also planning to partner with Verizon for its 5G network.
Medivis has also developed and launched a toolkit for AR-based educational training known as AnatomyX. The company’s AnatomyX platform is an advanced anatomy education platform which is available on both Magic Leap devices as well as on HoloLens. The AnatomyX platform has already been deployed at the West Coast University.
Medivis joins a growing list of startups that are keen on introducing virtual reality and augmented reality into the operating theater.
The other player in the field is Vicarious Surgical that is also keen on realizing an augmented reality or extended reality future for the medical field. Vicarious Surgical blends visualization tools with robotics to facilitate remote surgeries that may in the future come to reality.
The global mobile carriers are going to be key to the realization of these immersive visions as the implementation of these technologies will require a large amount of bandwidth. 5G networks are already on the highway towards mainstream adoption so we won’t have to wait for long in order to have the right kind of communications infrastructure that will support these lofty ambitions.
In spite of these developments, the attendant use-cases have not kept pace with the first roll-out of high-speed networks across the globe. Hardware and software vendors look at these networks with a lot of hope but the critical mass of users that will justify the massive investments in AR or XR to exploit these networks still isn’t there. The new visualization tools that are cropping up and pushing technological applications to the limit are therefore a harbinger of the things to come.