Intronix and Western University using augmented reality to treat disorders
Intronix Technologies will begin working with Dr. Roy Eagleson, Western University professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Software Engineering, to develop new medical simulations to support treatment delivery for patients with musculoskeletal disorders.
“Musculoskeletal disorders have a major impact on society in terms of morbidity, long-term disability and economics,” said Dr. Evan Friedman, President of Intronix Technologies. “Patients require ongoing treatment, and to achieve that objective, we need medical personnel who are adept at handling the specialized processes involved.”
Dr. Evan Friedman explained how previously, clinician training occurred within a teaching hospital or an outside course using live patients. This new model however, will address the issue by using augmented reality to enhance the training, adding new visualizations to the process.
“We are pleased to join forces with Dr. Eagleson’s team to benefit from their vast experience in augmented reality,” said Dr. Friedman, president of Intronix Technologies. “This project will create musculoskeletal medical simulations using anatomically accurate models of the body. These models can be palpated, having the look and feel of a live patient. Augmented reality will add the ability to view the underlying muscles, as the injection needle navigates through the tissue to its target. This new training aid will provide feedback beyond what is available using real patients.”
The project is being supported by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).
“We look forward to this collaboration with Dr. Eagleson’s research team to develop advanced technologies that will lead to development of new generation Intronix devices that will benefit patients undergoing treatment for pain and spasticity.”