VimedixAR from CAE Healthcare Uses Microsoft Hololens for Futuristic Ultrasound Training

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During our IMSH 2017 “favorite products” recap I shared about my first look at the Augmented Reality version of CAE Healthcare’s Vimedix Ultrasound simulator. The CAE VimedixVR ultrasound simulator leaps to life with the Microsoft HoloLens module. Freed from the limits of a two-dimensional environment inside a monitor, users can display, enlarge, turn, and rotate realistic-looking anatomical parts, or command them to return into the manikin body. Learners engage in augmented reality to view the inter-relatedness of internal structures, and witness (in real time) the ultrasound beam as it cuts through human anatomy. CAE representatives explained to me that that you can “gather your learners for a shared, immersive experience that will inform and delight as our HoloLens-based solutions will inspire deeper understanding from the start, and awaken their imaginations to better treatments and tools to improve patient care.”

This video is one of a great series you can check out on CAE Healthcare’s Vimeo page!

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“We are on the cusp of a new frontier in simulation for healthcare,” said Dr. Robert Amyot, president of CAE Healthcare. “Augmented and virtual reality can accelerate learning and provide shared training experiences in a more immersive and engaging clinical learning environment. Our engineering team is just beginning to explore possibilities with the Microsoft HoloLens, and we look forward to offering it as a key training solutions technology to our industry partners.”

The CAE Healthcare team has already begun to develop training prototypes with the medical device industry that incorporate the Microsoft HoloLens and are expected to accelerate professional  education for new technologies.  With CAE Healthcare’s virtual views of human anatomy and the Microsoft HoloLens, physicians will be able to practice placing cardiac devices or implants with speed and precision before they perform procedures on real patients.

“At Microsoft our goal with HoloLens and mixed reality is to help customers visualize and interact with 3D content in ways that offer new possibilities for creation, collaboration and consumption of information,” said Lorraine Bardeen, General Manager, Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Experiences. “It is inspiring to see how CAE is integrating HoloLens into its healthcare simulation portfolio, and we are excited about the opportunities mixed reality presents to revolutionize the future of patient education and training through the use of holographic computing.”

The “aha” moment for me was being able to see my device insertion past the physical walls of the anatomy. Now I can see exactly what was happening outside AND inside the body at the same time! Genius!

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Ultrasound Simulator from Schallware

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Today while exploring medical simulation vendors I came across Schallware’s Ultrasound Simulator. Schallware was founded in Berlin in 2001 and came out of the Medical High School of Hannover.

“The Schallware Ultrasound Simulator allows your doctors to practice ultrasound diagnostics just as under real conditions. Moving one of the four dummy transducers over the dummy torsos produces the exact B-scans of the selected case. Our exclusive lossless multi-volume re-slicing algorithm computes these B-scans in real-time from the actual patient scan data. The scan data are organized into thematic modules ranging from beginner to advanced difficulty. With two dummy torsos and four dummy transducers available, our system covers ultrasound diagnosis scenarios in the internal medicine, emergency, cardiology and gynaecology departments. The Core System includes one dummy torso, three modules and corresponding transducers. Various add-on modules are available from our continuously growing library produced by our affiliated clinics. Each module is served with a tutorial including documented patient cases.”

Simulator Features:

  • Real ultrasound data simulator, high resolution by free hand technology
  • Multivolumes to scan whole abdomen and sides
  • Focus on pathology database with over 200 cases
  • Any multivolume patient is acquired with own data
  • Continuum ultrasound volume with 3D segmentation objects
  • Loading of huge 3D original ultrasound data, multivolumes > 4GB
  • Fusion data window (MRI,CT), synchronized to ultrasound window -scan data is organized into thematic modules ranging from beginner to advanced difficulty
  • Tracking of probe movement and real time calculating of reslice B-image, M-Mode
  • Realistic non impression function for probe color doppler volumes, color doppler cineloops, spectral doppler images
  • Documentation: all cases are documented with patient history, remarks what to find in case for ultrasound diagnostic
  • Regions of interest with autonavigation (bubble in space), separated in anatomy and pathology -objects of interest, make visible segmented 3D objects
  • Easy submodule creation
  • Print function for findings report, as well pdf export
  • 2 years of guarantee
  • Yearly update of content 2 years on-site training of department members

Learn more at Schallware.com!