October 21, 2019

A Cleveland Clinic-backed XR medical visualization startup, MediView XR, Inc., has launched with $4.5 million in funding.

MediView XR has raised $4.5 million to equip surgeons with augmented reality imagery that effectively gives them 3D X-ray-like vision.

With Microsoft HoloLens or other AR goggles, surgeons can insert an instrument into a patient and see an animation that shows exactly where the instrument is going under the skin. The AR Surgical Navigation Platform tool will help surgeons remove cancer tumors in a way that is similar to controlling a video game.

Healthcare is proving to be one of the promising areas in which new AR and virtual reality technologies — often dubbed “mixed reality” — can be used to change long-established procedures.

“What we’re doing is creating a way to navigate to a cancerous lesion in a way that’s never been done before with augmented reality,” said MediView CEO John Black in an interview with VentureBeat. “It’s like using a kind of GPS with augmented reality to navigate to a specific point in the human body. You’ve probably seen a little bit of noise out in the world about augmented reality. We are really one of the only companies using it for true surgical navigation. So tracking … the patient, the hologram, and the instrument to get there.”

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