CANADA – PrecisionOS has announced that its InVisionOS virtual reality-based planning tool has received FDA 510(k) clearance.

PrecisionOS, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, created InVisionOS as a patient-specific planning tool that employs virtual reality.

The patented software enables surgeons to conduct preoperative surgical planning using an Oculus Quest 2 device.

PrecisionOS expects InVisionOS to be commercially available in early 2022, according to a press release. PrecisionOS positions its VR tool as a more effective and patient-specific method of surgical planning than viewing a 3D image and keeping that image in mind as surgeons begin the procedure.

Its software automatically converts the patient’s computed tomography (CT) scan from any picture archiving and communication system (PACS system) into a 3D reconstruction in seconds.

We focus on developing products that improve the confidence, competency and proficiency of surgeons, ultimately benefiting patient outcomes,” Dr. Danny Goel, CEO of PrecisionOS, said in a statement.

Our new InVisionOS software, which took four years to develop, allows surgeons to visualize patient specific needs and better plan for surgery.”

Using the CT scan provided by this software, surgeons can then use the Oculus Quest 2 to view, manipulate, and isolate relevant anatomical areas before performing the actual surgical procedure, according to PrecisionOS.

Virtual reality (VR) is increasingly being used in healthcare, including medical education. Jolly Good, a Japanese VR device manufacturer, and Nippon Medical School announced a collaboration in September to develop a VR-based platform for clinical training.

Further to that, NuVasive announced last month that it would launch a virtual reality training module for its NuVasive X360 system, developed in collaboration with PrecisionOS, with the goal of providing a virtual simulation of the procedural workflow to provide remote access to hands-on learning experiences with the company’s surgical techniques.

The platform was created to assist medical students who were unable to complete in-person work due to COVID-19.

Epic Games awarded a grant to Australian VR startup Vantari VR in April for its medical and surgical training program. FundamentalVR and Osso VR, which received US$27 million in Series B funding in July, are two other companies in the VR training space as Mobihealth News reports.

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