After Unveiling in MIT Lecture, Xenco Medical Founder Announces Launch of Virtual, Holographic System for Surgical Planning

Written by  John Moreno, freelance healthcare technology reporter | Wednesday, 05 April 2017 03:47
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In a 2016 lecture to students and faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Xenco Medical Founder and CEO Jason Haider first unveiled a groundbreaking technology his company was pursuing. The technology would be an immersive holographic surgical simulation platform that not only allowed a surgeon to translate the CT and MRI scans of actual patients into virtual models for use in surgical planning before each operation, it would allow the surgeon to simulate the future operation as many times as they needed. Haider noted the opportunity that this kind of technology could provide in creating truly immersive, patient-specific approaches to each surgery as well as a rich tool for patient engagement. On March 30, Haider announced the launch of Xenco Medical’s surgical planning and simulation platform, Virtual X. Xenco Medical’s Virtual X Surgical Planning Platform is a real-time interactive virtual reality system that translates DICOM files into immersive, holographic scenes. 

The Virtual X Surgical Planning Platform approach is significantly different from current 3D rendering technologies because it enables readers to visualize and interact with tissue and organs in open holographic, 3D space. The stereoscopic technology that enables the hardware to work allows the user to pull anatomy from the 2D screen into open 3D space. The Xenco Medical surgical planning platform allows a physician to simulate a surgery as many times as necessary before entering the operating room. Allowing users to isolate vertebrae, the platform enables physicians to rotate any component of the virtual spine as well as move inside it, layer by layer. Haider notes that this ROI selection feature on the Xenco Medical platform has been especially popular among surgeons who have interacted with the system.


In the launch of the platform, Xenco Medical’s CEO also noted that the system would be instrumental in changing how surgeons interact with and educate their patients. “Being able to hand a stylus to a patient and have them interact with their own spine in a rich, holographic scene will transform patient engagement,” said Jason Haider. The Xenco Medical virtual platform and the stereoscopic technology that fuels it is explained by Haider in a webinar launching the company’s breakthrough technology.


Xenco Medical has noted the parallels between its virtual surgical planning platform and its single-use, composite polymer spinal systems by highlighting the extent to which both streamline surgical workflow while enabling safer, increasingly patient-specific surgeries. The Xenco Medical virtual technology also allows for measurement with the stylus and enhanced detection of clinically significant structures by accurately depicting depth information. Through Xenco Medical’s holographic planning system, physicians can interactively dissect malformations for detailed evaluation using the hand-directed stylus. CEO Jason Haider points out that a key element in the Xenco Medical platform’s immersive capabilities is this ability of the software to track the user's head and hand position and adjust the virtual scene accordingly. Though Xenco Medical first made news for outperforming reused implant systems in consistency while tackling the expensive processes of sterilization and the transport of reprocessed instruments and implants, the company’s latest medical advancement speaks to its ability to continue to dramatically shift the paradigm in surgery.


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