ImmersiveTouch, Inc.® launched ImmersiveView™, what it says is the only suite of integrated virtual reality (VR) real-time solutions for personalized surgical planning, patient engagement and surgical training using patented haptic technology.

ImmersiveView is designed to optimize outcomes and save costs, decreasing time in the operating room and improving pre-operative planning and patient satisfaction, according to Jay Banerjee, ImmersiveTouch Chief Operating Officer. The ImmersiveView suite transforms existing patient computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) images into accurate, fully realized, high-resolution VR models that the physician can manipulate and explore from any angle, enabling a level of interaction not previously possible, he says.

Advances in imaging in the last 15 years have led to three-dimensional (3D) recreations of anatomy, but they could only be viewed on a two-dimensional (2D) display, limiting the ability to fully interact with the model and assess the patient’s anatomy with full accuracy, but Banerjee says ImmersiveView provides 3D visualization of medical imaging in a VR 3D display.

“Even though we could see patient anatomy in 3D, we could never interact with it because it was trapped in a 2D surface,” said Pravin K. Patel, M.D., chief of pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgery at the University of Illinois Heath & Medical Science Center and Chicago Shriners Hospitals for Children. “ImmersiveView allows us to cross that glass barrier to the other side, into a different universe where we can immerse ourselves and interact with the anatomy from all angles using depth perception and even haptics to understand how it feels. It helps our patients and family better understand what the surgeon sees and makes it real for them.”

ImmersiveView is highly intuitive, allowing the physician to grab, turn, expand and explore the VR model of the patient to evaluate procedural options and plan the surgery. With the touch of one button (which can be adjusted for right- and left-handedness), users can:

  • Measure
  • Draw
  • Cut
  • Overlay and move a 2D scan of the patient anywhere in the image
  • Better visualize specific parts of the anatomy by enabling transparency of tissues, such as bones, organs or blood vessels
  • Take a picture and save it to the computer for later reference
Another ImmersiveTouch suite, ImmersiveSim, provides realistic VR surgical simulation using patented tactile (haptic) feedback. Surgical residents can familiarize themselves with the exact size, feel and internal workings of typical patients for specific surgeries and train as many times as needed to feel comfortable. The training system is fully customizable to all devices and scientifically proven to improve outcomes.

ImmersiveView is HIPAA-compliant, portable and fully compatible with all Patient Archiving and Communication (PAC) and Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) systems. It can be used with any VR headset and system – and teams can participate in surgical planning by viewing the image the user is experiencing in VR on a display screen in person or via video conference. The ImmersiveView suite is more cost-effective and efficient than 3D printing, Banerjee says, and has replaced that service at some institutions.

“ImmersiveView helps physicians fully explore and understand their patients in 3D pixel by pixel, enabling them to do what they do even better,” said Pat Banerjee, Ph.D., CEO of ImmersiveTouch. “We have heard from users that ImmersiveView is a game changer, and we’re confident it will continue to revolutionize surgical practice, helping lead to fewer surgical errors and complications.”