EchoPixel likes to compare its 3-D imaging technology to cutting through a loaf of bread. Medical diagnostic tools like MRIs and CT scans can create flat, two-dimensional pictures—or single slices—of information. But what if you wanted to cut into the loaf from a different angle to get more detailed cross sections?
Mountain View, Calif.-based EchoPixel allows users to create a 3-D image from patient-imaging data and then manipulate it—to remove tumors, dissect tissues or measure veins. The technology can take the guesswork out of surgical planning by allowing physicians to get a more accurate and precise view of patient anatomy.
“It's changing the way doctors use images,” said Sergio Aguirre, EchoPixel's founder and chief technology officer. “It really helps doctors not think about the data. They can focus on the clinical issues.”
With machine learning, the software records the way a clinician interacts with the images, allowing another doctor to follow the same steps and methodology. The software is designed to work on different types of hardware, including wearable devices such as Google Glass, so it can even be set up in an operating room.
“We're bridging the radiology and surgery gap, and that is a very powerful thing for the marketplace and for us,” said Ron Schilling, EchoPixel's CEO.
The company says its technology is getting traction in a number of applications. One use is virtual colonoscopies, a less-invasive way to screen for colon cancer that's yet to be demonstrated to be as effective as the traditional procedure. EchoPixel says its technology has 98% sensitivity in identifying lesions less than 6 millimeters in length, which is the key threshold for concern.