MR Technology and The Future of Medical Devices In the Healthcare Industry

09/13/2021

Mixed reality or MR is a technology that combines real and virtual aspects and produces a new environment and visualization. Hybrid technology is another name for it. Artificial intelligence revolutionizes medical treatment devices such as detection and diagnosis of disease, images processing, and reconstruction; MR is also one of them. The reason to introduce mixed reality or MR technology in medical and healthcare is to speed up the treatments and workflow in imaging centers and departments. 

Healthcare and medical institutes tirelessly worked to provide patient-centric care and a better patient experience. Yet, surprisingly, the institutions monitor, evaluate, and analyze the patient experience throughout the healthcare spectrum.

Instead of making patients wait for clear images of X-ray, computed tomography, or magnetic resonance imaging, MR technology makes it quick and straightforward. In addition, unlike a conventional chart or screen, MR technology gives a vivid display of images and data. Finally, not only MR but AR also does its best side-by-side. 

Can you differentiate MR, VR, and AR? Let's have a little discussion about it.

It seems maybe interlinked together, but they are not precisely the same. These are the robust technologies of this era. So let's make it simple and describe.

Virtual reality

It refers to the artificial computer-generated technology produced by the recreation of actual life scenes and experiences. It refers to the user by stimulating their eyes and ears to feel personally experiencing the virtual world. Wearing a VR-enabled headgear is the most common way to experience VR, and it applies in 2 directions: 

  • To build and improve a virtual reality for gameplay, entertainment, and recreation (such as video and computer games or 3D movies). 
  • Intensify real-world training by providing recreation of forthcoming events where individuals may rehearse ahead of time. For instance, pilots can use flight simulators.

Virtual reality's capacity to examine the interior of the human body is beneficial to doctors and patients. Patients can virtually walk inside a patient-specific 360° VR recreation of their anatomy and pathology and be guided throughout their surgery. Consequently, patients have a better knowledge of their treatment and, as a result, are more satisfied. Virtual reality modeling learning (VRML) is the way to build virtual reality. VRML may generate a set of pictures and describe the sorts of interactions that they can have.

Augmented Reality

Augmented reality (AR) is a technology that incorporates digital data and media into the real-world environment. It accomplishes this instantaneously by superimposing 3D models, movies, and other data onto a smartphone, tablet, PC, or other connected device's camera view. 

Every type of augmented reality entails the real-time implementation of information data with a live stream or the user's environs.

Augmented reality is easy to use and integrated with devices such as computers, television, and webcams. And a ton of the apps and software using augmented reality to provide a real-life experience. 

Mixed Reality (AR+VR)

Mixed reality (MR) merges real-world images with virtual/augmented reality improvements to produce a new emulated world where real people and things interact with digital ones. In the same way, as VR uses immersive technology, MR uses headgear to virtually immerse the person with the combined actual/digital environment and enable communication with it. 

Specialists will develop new applications for MR technology as medical institutions, and other organizations strive to investigate it. For example, young doctors must have a thorough understanding of biological anatomy. 

Doctors frequently study with corpses, even though charts and interactive computer programs might be helpful. Doctors may get a comparable thorough exposure with MR at any moment. 

Additionally, MR technology allows medical students to focus on specific portions, investigating in impossible ways with a corpse. 

The latest addition of MR technology in scanners, coils, and software

Canon Medical Systems

With the Vantage Orian 1.5T and Vantage Galan 3T systems, Cannon medical has expanded the technically advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE) Deep Learning Reconstruction (DLR) from head to knees and all anatomies.

Vantage Orian 1.5T:

Around 1.5T, the Vantage Orian uses sophisticated MR technologies to increase efficiency, patient satisfaction, and professional confidence.

Artificial Intelligence developed to speed up tests and offer excellent visuals focuses on enhancing exam productivity and handling complicated patient groups.

The advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE) boosts the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), allowing you to get through the clutter and offer clear, crisp, and recognizable visuals.

Vantage Galan 3T 

Vantage Galan 3T is the MRI system doctors, and patients demand today and in the future, thanks to its exceptionally efficient integration, pure digital image quality, and industry-leading patient-centered design. 

AiCE eliminates sound from images automatically, resulting in a better SNR and improved resolution. Then, using the strength of Deep Learning, you can get acute, vivid, and distinct visuals, permitting you to navigate through the noise. 

The 3T is suitable for scanning the brain, circulatory system, tiny bones, and musculoskeletal system. However, it was challenging to understand what was going on with the 1.5T images after deep learning restoration.

Participants were asked to complete the AiCE Challenge to distinguish which images came from a 3T scanner and a 1.5T scanner performed AiCE DLR. It was complicated to understand what was going on with the 1.5T images after deep learning restoration. 

In April, Canon launched its new Vantage Orian Aero X 1.5T scanner that contains the Pianissimo technology of the company. In addition, it may be updated to incorporate its AiCE algorithm to offer silent scanning.

The firm released ForeSee View the year before, enabling physicians to get a real-time simulation of their slice planning.

GE Healthcare

The year before, GE began deploying the AIR Recon DL reconstruction program, which is the industry's first MR image reconstruction using deep learning for all anatomical features. In April 2020, the software was approved for 3T scanners, 1.5T scanners in September 2020, and 7T scanners in May 2021. 

Nearly 300 installations have been completed, making this GE's most significant invention in the last two decades. It allows consumers to deal with the exchange between scan duration and higher resolution. 

With the enhancement in picture quality, exam durations are reduced by 30 to 50 percent. Exams are relatively simple to understand and cause less burden on the eyes. The innovation has aided its customers in dealing with the COVID-19 bottleneck, especially those with outdated scanners and devices. 

Several clients have long waiting times of over 1,000 persons, yet they don't have enough time to switch systems.

The FDA approved GE's SIGNA 7.0T scanner in October of last year. The reason to develop it is to visualize metabolism, anatomies or structure, functioning, and microvasculature in the skull and joints. It is considered the most advanced FDA-cleared MR system by far.

Philips

Philips and Imricor Medical Systems formed a sales partnership in Europe the previous year that gives Philips nonexclusive permission to distribute Imricor's Advantage-MR System. It allows for real-time MR-guided cardiac ablations. 

Philips has joined up with Disney to deliver custom-made cartoons for Philips Ambient Experience, unveiled in March. In addition, it broadcasts images and videos on the exam room's wall, making patients feel more at ease.

Ingenia Evolution 1.5T and Ingenia Elition 3T scanners now have two additional development pathways available. It's all about Philips' concept of providing its clients with the most up-to-date technology, notably technology.

Siemens Healthineers

The Food and Drug Administration approved the MAGNETOM Free. Max, a small whole-body scanner that does not necessitate a quenching pipe. AI and technically advanced image analysis are also included in the 0.55 T scanner.

It benefits the new and fresh MR scanning institutions by adopting whole-body scanning regularly. The technology also does not need a similar amount of operator skill as specific scanners. The scanner also enables novel clinical uses for MR, including lung imaging.

Hyperfine

The Hyperfine Swoop, the first transportable MR imaging system globally, gained FDA 510(k) clearance in February 2020. In addition, according to Hyperfine, the approval was broadened to embrace brain imaging applications for patients of all ages in August 2020.

Using a 64mT magnetism, the Swoop Portable MR Imaging System has been implemented throughout North America and worldwide. Whereas the business anticipated that competing with high field scanners would be difficult, they discovered that deploying the handheld scanner for hospitalized patients improved ambulatory use of high magnetic scanners by 20%.

In a standard academic facility, 100 to 200 inpatient scans are performed. This portable MR imaging device may set up high-field scanners. It eliminates the requirement for nurses and respiratory therapists to transfer patients and the risk of mechanically ventilated patients.

Its deep learning image processing software examines pictures collected by the Swoop system to determine brain anatomy and disease. According to Siddiqui, there are approximately 50 Swoop systems in use throughout the globe, with another 30 experiments in the works.

Conclusion

Many other firms are adopting this approach to give an improved patient experience. MR technology is the future of the medical and healthcare industry, bringing an unprecedented shift in handling images based on treatment to deliver a patient-centric treatment. It is also beneficial for the doctors or surgeons, having technical skills to perform better at their services.