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MIXED REALITY TECHNIQUE FOR GUIDING MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SITING

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246441D
Publication Date: 2016-Jun-07
Document File: 4 page(s) / 91K

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Abstract

A mixed reality technique for guiding medical equipment siting is proposed. Medical equipment is fabricated using 3-dimensional (3D) models. These 3D models are converted into 3D virtual images. Further, spaces in consideration for siting the medical equipment are also 3D modeled and transposed into the 3D virtual images. A virtual 3D model of a combination of various parts of the medical equipment and the MR scan room space is obtained. The 3D virtual image of the combination of medical equipment and site space is transposed into the real world of a hospital using mixed reality tool. The mixed reality technique shows clearly interference between space required by the medical equipment and actual space of the site, for example the scan room. Thereby, appropriate planning and implementation of adjustment of the medical equipment position to achieve best fit with least changes in the site and associated costs can be done. The mixed reality technique also helps guide transfer of the medical equipment by simulating the transfer process in the transfer path.

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MIXED REALITY TECHNIQUE FOR GUIDING MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SITING

BACKGROUND

 

The present disclosure relates generally to medical equipment siting and more particularly to a mixed reality technique for guiding medical equipment siting.

In general, relocating medical equipment within a medical centre, decoration, construction or reconstruction of medical equipment sites are challenging tasks because of various limitations and restrictions related to medical equipment that are to be considered diligently. The various considerations include huge costs involved, size of the medical equipment, shielding requirements, site door size, placement of water lines, gas lines and electrical lines, placement of fire protection systems among others. 

Conventionally, suppliers and other experts in field use 2-dimensional drawings to image the equipment at the site. Calculations are made based on a siting designer’s experience and imagination, and mistakes due to human errors are inevitable. However, small mistakes lead to wrong decisions and unnecessary cost and delay in equipment installation due to site reconstruction. Miscalculations could even result in degradation in function of the medical equipment.

It would be desirable to have an improved technique for guiding medical equipment siting.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

Figure 1 depicts a 3D model of individual parts of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging equipment in an MR scan room.

Figure 2 depicts a virtual 3D model of a combination of various parts of the medical equipment and the MR scan room space.

Figure 3 depicts planting a virtual castle on a real world table using a mixed reality tool.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

A mixed reality technique for guiding medical equipment siting is proposed. Medical equipment is fabricated using 3-dimensional (3D) models. These 3D models are converted into 3D virtual images. Further, spaces in consideration for siting the medical equipment, which are usually and inadvertently ignored in conventional siting calculations, are also 3D modeled and transposed into the 3D virtual images.

Consider, for example, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system in a scan room. According to one embodiment, the virtual reality image includes, the magnet of the MRI system, the table of the MRI system, service areas required for service around the MRI system, and equipment or MRI system specific curves or cores, like the 200 Gauss line core and 5 Gauss line core. Figure 1 depicts a 3D model of individual parts of the MR equipment in the scan room. The 3D model includes the generally considered parts such as the magnet and the table, and also the conventionally ignored parts such as the Gauss line cores.

                   

Figure 1

For guiding the equipment siting, combination of multiple parts of the medical equipment and site space are considered. Figure 2 depicts a virtual 3D model of a combination of various parts of the medical equipment and the MR scan room space.

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