As you may know, Vectorform’s Alison Weber made a splash last week on Health Tech Today. Without further delay here’s the video, embedded for your viewing pleasure.
I love Vectorform because:
- We built a demo for physical rehabilitation via Kinect for Xbox 360
- That demo stole the show at a tech demo day by Kaiser Permanente focused on gamification because it presented a fun way to support physical rehab and exercise for kids, and tracked response accuracy
- The mastermind behind using Kinect for literacy in South Africa made us aware of the Haitian Amputee Mother’s Alliance
- Asked if we could possibly help, I presented their work providing prosthetic limbs and rehabilitative services for victims of the earthquake to my boss, who gave me a two-word answer:
- Do It.
Working with the Microsoft Research Team and Massachusetts General Hospital, Vectorform’s Justin Lankes and Patrick Samona demonstrated the Virtual Colonoscopy Viewer at a recent event in Boston, MA. Virtual Colonoscopy makes it possible to navigate through 3D images of the colon using a multi-touch platform. The goal behind this application is to reduce the time of a typical colonoscopy exam to only 5 minutes. Currently, the procedure takes 40-60 minutes. Virtual Colonoscopy requires a series of clear, high-resolution images to be taken from a CT scanner. Once the pictures are taken, the part of the exam that can be considered by patients to be “invasive” is done! The high-res images are then fed into the application, giving the doctor the opportunity to explore and navigate through the colon, searching for polyps. A standard colonoscopy procedure entails a doctor’s examination of the colon in real time using a fiber optic camera attached to a flexible tube; the tube then gets passed through the rectum. As you can imagine, this can be a long and uncomfortable experience. We hope Virtual Colonoscopy will encourage more people to opt for colon cancer screening, giving us an opportunity to save lives.
Would you like to learn more? Check out Microsoft’s Curt Devlin’s blog post about the application and the demonstration in Boston.
Virtual Colonoscopy will also be demonstrated at the RSNA Conference in November, stay tuned for more updates!Administrator – July 21, 2009
Vectorform, in cooperation with Cook Children’s Health System, has created a suite of applications to assist with Motor Control and Learning for Neurological Rehab. These applications are designed to exercise and evaluate a patient’s motor control. Each application was designed to allow the clinician to manipulate test conditions and tailor the therapy to address the unique needs of each patient.
Cook Children’s Health Systems and specifically Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, TX is one of the most well respected children’s hospital in the country. They are on the cutting edge of technology having already acquired five surface units.