Friday, July 27, 2012
Today, YDreams and Hospital de Santa Maria – Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte (Santa Maria Hospital – North Lisbon’s Hospital Center) present YScope – a gesture-based tool for sterile browsing of medical imaging. Watch the video below for a demonstration:
More detailed info about YScope:
Surgeons are often faced with strict restrictions in the operating room when it comes to manipulating medical imaging because their hands need to be as sterile as possible. Up until now, to access and manipulate exams, doctors had to use a mouse or keyboard, which required they go through the sterilization process once more, or instruct third parties in manipulating the medical imaging for them.
As a pioneer in the area of Natural User Interfaces, YDreams joined forces with Lisbon’s Hospital de Santa Maria’s Department of Neurosurgery to develop a system capable of solving the problem of medical imaging manipulation in the operating room’s aseptic environment.
YScope is designed to fluidly integrate the use of doctor-computer devices in the operating room. The application was developed in response to the need surgeons have to manipulate medical imaging without having to touch any devices thereby allowing their hands to remain sterile, maintain a greater focus of attention and have greater response times.
Using a set of gestures designed to correspond to ergonomic conditioning, the surgeon can execute all the necessary steps required to view and manipulate medical imaging during a surgery.
Previous experimental applications with a similar objective focused exclusively on manipulating pre-selected medical imaging; YScope goes one step further by efficiently integrating with the hospital’s IT infrastructure, allowing the surgeon to search its PAC (Picture Archiving and Communication System) server and upload the desired exams.
Natural gestures enable the surgeon to upload new exams and select subsets at any time during the surgery. Selected images may be manipulated by zooming in and out, rotating them, taking measurements, adjusting the brightness and contrast, amongst other functionalities.
YScope is the result of a commercial and scientific partnership between the hospital and YDreams. Operational testing in one of the Neurosurgery block’s operating rooms at the hospital will begin shortly after the official presentation on July 27th. Plans to extend the technology to other operating rooms and specialties are being analyzed.