The Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) said it licensed the technology to develop a medical hologram system to Ean Hitech and agreed to jointly research and develop the system.
Under the agreement, KIST will transfer the technology of the medical hologram system, developed by Dr Han Hyung-sup of the KIST Biomaterials Research Center, to Ean Hitech and develop it into an assistant hologram system. medical applicable to all medical fields.
The two sides plan to launch products that can simulate the results of surgery using holograms in hospitals, such as plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and dentistry. KIST will receive 1 billion won ($ 845,000) as an upfront payment and additional milestones based on system development and optimization.
According to the research institute, Han, in cooperation with Dr. Kang Min-goo from the KIST Artificial Intelligence Research Center, developed a system that automatically optimizes digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM file), a format standard medical image created when patients take X-rays, CT and MRI scans, using an algorithm learned to create a 3D model.
Subsequently, they developed a technology to convert it to a hologram on a super multi-point-of-view display.
Taking into account surgical advances in the operating room, the team designed the holographic image so that doctors can easily use the system during the procedure with hand or head movements without the need for a auxiliary controller.
The researchers plan to maximize the efficacy and compatibility of the product developed through empirical research with Asan Medical Center.
“Through the use of the next-generation medical assistant hologram system, physicians will be able to more effectively understand three-dimensional lesions seen during surgeries, such as tumors, brain hemorrhages and liver transplants,” Han said. “We expect the system to improve the surgical success rate and prevent complications by efficiently providing synaesthetic information to the surgeon performing the operation.”