GE HealthCare and MediView XR announced the first installation and clinical use of OmnifyXR Interventional Suite at North Star Vascular and Interventional in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

OmnifyXR is an advanced augmented reality (AR) based interventional radiology suite, developed by MediView XR, in collaboration with GE HealthCare.

The radiology suite combines a holographic heads-up display streaming live medical imaging, 3D anatomy model visualisation and advanced imaging technologies.

In addition, the solution also enables remote collaboration to help advance the delivery of precision care across a variety of interventional procedures.

North Star Vascular and Interventional founder and professor of radiology Jafar Golzarian performed the world’s first clinical use of OmnifyXR, in two separate clinical procedures.

Amin Astani from North Star Vascular and Interventional said: “With GE HealthCare’s Allia platform, I can create a highly detailed 3D-generated model in a matter of minutes without having to remove my sterile gloves to help maintain sterility during the procedure.

“Using MediView’s OmnifyXR, I can virtually place this 3D model anywhere in the room – allowing me to walk around it and evaluate it from different angles and perspectives in order to make more informed decisions about the way I approach and navigate my procedures.”

According to GE HealthCare, image-guided therapy is a fast-evolving space that leverages advanced imaging and visualization solutions to treat many conditions.

However, practitioners face many challenges while performing different interventional procedures, from positioning restrictions to time-consuming workspace adjustments.

OmnifyXR was designed to easily integrate into existing interventional suites and leverage the AR technology to improve visualisation, workflow efficiency and ergonomics,

Its heads-up display (HUD) headset holographically displays multiple imaging video streams to help improve ergonomics regardless of working position.

The suite allows clinicians to simultaneously display up to four video streams, live fluoroscopy, reference image, advantage workstation image, ultrasound, and hemodynamics.

OmnifyXR augments visualisation and helps the assessment of complex anatomies, allowing clinicians to interact with a holographic 3D model of the patient’s anatomy.

In addition, it allows users to provide a first-person view of their holographic experience to enable remote collaboration, consultation, training, proctoring and support.

Jafar Golzarian from North Star Vascular and Interventional said: “The heads-up display and augmented reality capabilities of OmnifyXR, especially the 3D anatomical view offered by the hologram scan, are game-changing and allow for new perspectives into treatment we haven’t seen before.

“I’m excited to be on the team performing these first cases and look forward to seeing how this may help improve clinical and operational outcomes for both patients and clinicians.”