New VR clearance means radiologists in Canada can diagnose from home

This week, Saskatchewan, Canada-based startup Luxsonic received Class 2 medical device clearance from Health Canada for its SieVRt virtual reality suite for use in diagnostic radiology.

Doctors can use the software on a VR headset to view radiological images in 3D. In particular, this new name will allow clinicians to work remotely and diagnose patients off-site.

The tool can also be used to provide students, trainees, and clinicians with more medical imaging visualization tools. The company has already implemented a basic, educational and collaboration module on the SieVRt as these do not require federal approval.

The company plans to bring its technology to the United States and notes that FDA approval is expected in early 2022.

WHY IT IS IMPORTANT

The biggest change in this release is that doctors can work remotely. During the coronavirus pandemic, we saw a radical shift towards working from home. Indeed, a A Gallup poll found that 33% of workers in the US always work remotely and 25% sometimes remotely. However, many professions cannot switch to this model. The company suggests this as a way to potentially change the radiology workflow.

“Radiologists cannot work remotely as easily as many people did during COVID-19. They have a very specialized and expensive workflow that requires them to work exclusively in their office, ”said Mike Wesolowski, CEO and co-founder of Luxsonic, in a statement.

“Now that Health Canada has approved SieVRt, radiologists can take their own personalized virtual office with them wherever they go. With SieVRt and a portable VR headset, you have all the tools you need to diagnose patients remotely. “

Wesolowski also indicated the use case of this technology, which is used to diagnose people in rural areas or in countries with insufficient resources who may not have access to radiological services.

THE BIGGER TREND

There is currently an increase in vendor-centric virtual reality tools. Earlier this month, San Francisco-based Osso VR received $ 27 million for its VR tool that helps surgeons plan surgeries. In addition, based in London FundamentalVR has developed a tool to help surgeons plan and train operations. Touch Surgery, which is also active in medical VR training tools, closed a $ 70 million funding round in 2020.

Research out Stanford University found that doctors using virtual reality to manipulate images of splenic artery aneurysms in 3D spaces were safer during a procedure than using standard volume rendering software.

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