GigXR and DICOM Director debut 3D medical imagery learning platform

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August 14, 2023GigXR, a provider of holographic healthcare training, has recently announced the debut of DICOM XR Library powered by INTRAVISION XR, a cloud-based, medical 3D model creation and visualization tool. The new application renders a complete set of hyper-realistic 3D medical imagery derived from MRI and CT scans for use in teaching, training, and simulation. The company stated that the new library will help to empower nursing and medical schools, hospitals, and the Department of Defense (DoD) with the ability to leverage holographic medical imagery in anatomy and pathophysiology curricula.

According to GigXR, DICOM XR Library provides a 360-degree, in-depth look at how pathology and injury manifests in diagnostic imaging to better prepare medical and nursing students and professionals to assess and diagnose a real-life patient. The application also adds pathophysiology—the study of how a disease, injury, or other condition affects a patient—to the process  of reading and interpreting test results by showing holograms with full-dimensional anatomy.

Multiple learners can view any angle or cross-section of a medical imaging hologram, resize or rotate it at will, and view or hide abnormalities, pathologies and injuries – collaboratively and from anywhere in the world. Instructors and learners simply log into the Gig Immersive Learning platform to access DICOM XR Library and its ever-expanding catalog of applications that present real-world cases. Using a mixed reality (MR) headset or any Android or iOS smartphone or tablet, learners can observe and interact with immersive content in their own safe-to-fail environment. 

DICOM XR Library is delivered by the Gig Immersive Learning Platform, GigXR’s enterprise software for institution-wide immersive teaching, training, and simulation. Managed through the platform’s dashboard, instructors can curate a custom library of complementary applications for a streamlined way to incorporate holographic content into their curricula, helping learners to:

  • Reinforce general anatomy learning by exploring body structures in HoloHuman, a 3D human cadaver made in collaboration with Elsevier, prior to seeing exactly how anatomy translates to real-life medical imaging in DICOM XR Library.
  • Visualize pathophysiology immersively in high-fidelity 3D with the Insight Series, developed by ANIMA RES, which allows learners to view accurately modeled, holographic animations of the heart, lung and kidney prior to assessing conditions and pathologies through 3D MRI and CT scans in DICOM XR Library.
  • Replicate real-world diagnostic processes by examining holographic standardized patient scenarios in HoloPatient, GigXR’s hyper-realistic holographic simulated patient platform. With DICOM XR Library, learners can make a likely diagnosis of the patient prior to reviewing the corresponding 3D medical imagery.

“Peer-reviewed research has proven the efficacy of mixed reality training while studies conducted by our customers show how much learners prefer holograms to analog teaching methods. As healthcare institutions go from proof of concepts to scaled immersive simulation using mixed reality, the Gig Immersive Learning Platform scales with them in both breadth of content and technological delivery,” said Jared Mermey, CEO of GigXR. “

DICOM Director joins 3D4Medical from Elsevier and ANIMA RES as the latest third-party content partner to distribute enterprise training applications on the Gig Immersive Learning Platform. Designed specifically for teaching, the platform enables enterprise-scale healthcare institutions to build full immersive curricula that can be managed from a single dashboard.

GigXR stated that its customers and partners include Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, Miami Dade College, Ursuline College, The University of Queensland,  Otago Polytechnic, University of Cambridge, Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust, University of Michigan, Northwest Permanente subsidiary Morlen Health, and many more.

To learn more about GigXR and its Gig Immersive Learning Platform, click here. To learn more about DICOM Director and its DICOM XR Library, click here.

Image / video credit: GigXR / DICOM Director / Vimeo

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Gavril Puskas

Gavril is a knowledgeable contributing author at Auganix. An experienced XR industry news curator, he has been keeping abreast with the latest AR, VR and tech developments for the last four years.