ImmersiveTouch: Redefining Digital Surgery

ImmersiveTouch: Redefining Digital Surgery

Shoale Badr, Intern, ImmersiveTouchShoale Badr, Intern, ImmersiveTouch
Surgery requires several hours of imaging, planning, and simulating. There is a need for in-depth pre-planning for various types of cases, ranging from aneurysms to facial fractures. Surgeons need to know where problematic areas lie in each patient’s anatomy to minimize risk and prepare for tense moments in the operating room. Giving surgeons the ability to know exactly where they need to be is crucial to the success of any procedure.

By nature, surgeons are taught to review CT and MRI scans and build a 3D picture in their minds. However, this takes time and many years to master. ImmersiveTouch technology is helping reduce this amount of time and is training surgeons to learn quicker, while also ensuring that their pre-surgical plan is sound. Using state-of-the-art virtual reality technology, ImmersiveTouch is providing the next generation of surgeons with realistic surgical simulations. We create “3D spatial models” of each patient, specific to their anatomy, that can be interacted with in a virtual space, allowing for the precise planning and study of each case before surgery. Our technology can be used in essentially any branch of surgery, as we specialize in neurosurgery, CMF, orthopedics, trauma, and ENT. As surgeons “jump” into our virtual reality software, they are able to obtain views of aneurysms and cerebral vasculature from all angles (neurosurgery), visualize implants, fractures, and tumors (CMF), get full, 360-degree looks inside the musculoskeletal system (orthopedics), quickly view anatomy for time sensitive cases (trauma), and study narrow openings to identify key abnormalities in ear, nose, and throat cases (ENT).

“Once you put the goggles on, you’re in a different universe. You can see the anatomy in a way you could never see it before, ” says Dr. Patel, CMF Surgeon at Shriners Hospital for Children.

Currently, there has been a buildup of excitement around ImmersiveTouch products. Our latest iteration of ImmersiveView, ImmersiveView 4.1, incorporates improved graphics and a more intuitive user interface. It enables surgeons, especially residents, to gain a better understanding of the three-dimensionality of human anatomy. Per feedback, our users love how they can combine the educational side of surgery with the clinical side of surgery through ImmersiveTouch. This can be seen in our partners, as our software has been adopted by several renowned institutions and hospitals, such as Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medicine, University of Chicago Medicine, and Northwestern Medicine.

By removing the element of guesswork, pre-operatively, we are able to more accurately do the operation, and provide more symmetric results and more proportionate results for the patient,” says Dr. Morris, Plastic and Reconsructive Surgeon at UI Health, Chicago.

At ImmersiveTouch, our goal is to shift the paradigm for high quality virtual reality experiences in healthcare. We are creating platforms to enhance the capabilities of surgeons, creating the possibility of minimally invasive techniques to obtain optimal patient outcomes and recovery. We are taking digital surgery to the next level by creating a community that uses virtual learning, surgical planning, and remote collaboration to innovate not only surgery, but the healthcare industry as a whole.