Sylvain works in the French medical community and has created two companies: Useful Progress in France and Vizua in the USA who develops software to allow medical students to perform virtual dissections and training for Digital Anatomy.
Vizua has another string to its bow: the archiving and dissemination of radiology reports. Today a hospital with x-ray equipment uses PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) to work with these scans, but PACS systems cost upwards of €100,000.
With Vizua, which operates in the cloud, scans, once made, are encrypted and sent to the cloud service of Vizua (located in Toronto, Canada, available with a latency of 40 milliseconds, which is very fast) for just $300 per month. The patient can access their account Vizua for free and can share them and seek the advice of other experts.
Sylvain gives an example with a small hospital that performs 3,000 scans/year for a maximum volume of 30 gigabytes – that is spending €100,000 for archiving its scans: "It's a bit much ..." Moreover, other tests such as MRI scans have even larger cross-sectional images and new scanners can generate files of up to 60 gigabytes!
What is the protocol used by Vizua? "This is a format that was launched in the U.S. following the HIPAA guidelines.”
In fact, Vizua can act like a Dropbox for radiology files.
How many radiologists are there in France? How many scans do they do per year? And the USA? France is a little smaller in this area ... for example we have much less equipment of this type than Germany. In 2005 we had the same number of scanners per capita as Turkey (it is true - as they say - that all civilizations are not equal).
Why is this? "You have to ask the Bar Council and the gentlemen of the Ministry of Health ..."
Normally French health data must remain in France ... no problems to store them in Canada / USA? Sylvain says he is he not a DMP (personal medical record) - "We are one element of DMP: we link the radiological examinations with the reports for the doctor".
Who pays in this system? "Today it is the radiologists (this is cheaper than investing in a PACS) but we are negotiating with insurance companies and other people interested in housing data for their clients. The Italian Government is also interested to install Vizua in Verona for all Italians".
And if the radiologist gives the patient his scan on a CD? It is simple - the patient can upload the scan himself to Vizua from his computer.
What is the business model? "Health is our focus ... but we also have applications in automobiles, diamond dealers, museums ..."
And if Sylvain was President of the French Republic, what would he do to improve health in France? Sylvain takes the example of obesity ... (there are 300,000 obese people in Paris). We should scan obese patients. Why? "Do you know how expensive hospital beds are per day?"
There are about 1 million health professionals in France. So with all the tools we have today on the internet we could better organize the sector. But on the other hand, I'm not sure all these people have interest in changing their practices.
But fortunately we have some rogues like Sylvain, who by dint of giving a few kicks into the anthill want to reform this sector. It will also be society itself that will make the change happen by putting their health data in the U.S.
So why am I worried? After all, my surgeon did what it takes to keep me alive! Certainly, but if the emergency organization had been more modern, the surgeon would have had a simpler heart bypass procedure. Also I spent 6 months in hospitals in the Republic (including a private clinic). A €1,500 a day (figure quoted by Sylvain) that's a lot of cost borne by the community. I believe modern systems would quickly clear the social security debts. Not to mention what will happen naturally with preventive medicine and genomics. But do our professionals have an interest in investing in preventive medicine?
New 3D Technology Captures Imaging of Aardvark at Brookfield Zoo
A three-dimensional (3D) view does more than make for exciting movies in a theater, it can also improve the care of animals. The Chicago Zoological Society's (CZS) Brookfield Zoo is the first North American zoo to use revolutionary 3D imaging technology with on-site digital radiology and CT equipment in its state-of-the-art animal hospital. The new technology allows the Society's veterinarians to enhance two-dimensional CT (CAT) scans, MRIs, and ultrasounds with 3D models that will enable them to better treat zoo animals.
The imaging will be particularly useful in the planning of surgeries, especially in difficult cases that were impossible to treat with 2D imaging. Zoo veterinarians have already aided several animals in ways never before possible. For Hoover, a 17-year-old aardvark, a 3D scan revealed that a hole from a missing tooth was draining into a sinus cavity. The diagnosis would have been impossible without the new imaging, and veterinarians are now monitoring the condition to prevent future health complications.
3-D Image of Humboldt Penguin
Another animal benefiting from the technology is Pilgrim, a 9-year-old African crested porcupine, who requires regular tooth trims. Animal care specialists were at one point questioning if one of Pilgrim's incisors, which continued to overgrow, should be extracted. The 3D imaging was helpful in showing why this extraction would be potentially risky and more difficult than the continued trimming. The 3D renderings showed the anatomy of the incisors and their very close proximity to many other structures that would add to the difficulty of the procedure.
"This is exciting new technology that gives us much more information about our animals here than we've ever had before. We can use this information to improve our treatment and for proactive care to help ensure their well-being," said Tom Meehan, DVM, vice president of veterinary services for CZS. "The more we understand and see an animal's anatomy the more we enhance our ability to provide the highest quality of care."
Dr. Meehan added that the technology provides a better visualization of various tissue densities simultaneously, while CT and MRI scans allow the viewer to choose only one or the other. Veterinarians are already also using the imaging to better care for a California sea lion, a bald eagle, an addax, and a Humboldt penguin.
Vizua (www.vizua3D.com), the company providing this imaging solution, first showcased the technology this past November at the Radiological Society of North America 2011 Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting in Chicago. The Seattle, Wash.-based company provides affordable real-time imaging technology that allows technicians to convert previous CT scans into a 3D form without needing to purchase new equipment or software. These 3D interactive images can then be explored and shared instantly with doctors and their patients anywhere in the world just using their existing Web browser.
"This is a first-of-its-kind cloud-based technology that allows anyone anywhere to see, explore, and share," said Dean Lester, Vizua CEO. "We are very excited that Brookfield Zoo is the first animal hospital to utilize this technology, and we are working closely together to ensure excellent care for the animals," added Jean-Manuel Nothias, director of Vizua Biomedical Partner Relations.
Since first using the technology, Chicago Zoological Society veterinarians have made several JPEG photos and movie files to illustrate their findings and track animal health on an ongoing basis.
These images will be valuable teaching tools for students and residents within programs at the zoo, including the Society's formal veterinary student training program through the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.
From deep within The Field Museum's vaults comes the mysterious world of mummies.
Opening the Vaults: Mummies gives a rare, up-close look at mummies some not on public view for over a century and the new discoveries by Field Museum scientists.
Showcasing a unique selection of over 20 mummies including one of the oldest mummies in the world discover why mummification was not just for royal Egyptians.
Vizua technology powers the interactive exhibits allowing visitors to open the vaults and virtually explore inside 4,000 year old mummies that have never been unsealed.
Medgadget RSNA 2011 coverage.
At RSNA 2011 in Chicago this week we took an opportunity to see a demo Vizua's system for radiological image sharing. The cloud-based system allows anyone practically with any modern computer or mobile device to see and navigate through rendered data sets from a variety of modalities. Rendering is done on the server and the images are streamed directly to the device, allowing for beautiful, high res images without needing a powerful processor.
The system is not FDA approved for diagnostic purposes, but is meant to be used to share relevant imagery with patients and other physicians.
97th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America
"Vizua takes the 2D sliced views produced by MRI, CT and ultrasound scans and combines them to create a 3D model that can be viewed on any system and shared instantly with anyone around the world," noted Dean Lester, CEO at Vizua. "With performance and collaboration capabilities that surpass those of all other systems on the market today, Vizua enhances communication between radiologists, physicians and patients without the need for major capital investment."
Vizua will be in booth 7156 in North Building, Hall B. Demonstrations of the technology will be available on multiple platforms, including iPads and autostereoscopic displays, as part of the Vizua exhibit.
3D Scan Visualization Startup Also Selected as a Finalist for the 2011 ZINO Annual Angel Investment Forums Fund
SEATTLE – Vizua, the world's first interactive, cloud-based 3D scan visualization and collaboration platform, was one of four early-stage companies selected as a finalist at the ZINO Marketplace Investment Forum on November 15. The company, led by CEO Dean Lester, also received the ZINO Zenith Award for Best Investment Opportunity based on text voting by attendees.
"This is a thrilling time for us as a company. We've made tremendous progress in our first 11 months, and others are sharing our excitement about Vizua's 3D visualization capabilities," said Dean Lester, CEO at Vizua. "The ZINO Marketplace Investment Forum provided a great opportunity for us to connect with passionate and talented entrepreneurs and investors, and we look forward to continuing our work with this group."
Nineteen early-stage entrepreneurs competed for the top prize of $50,000 through five-minute company overview presentations. Four Fund Finalists, including Vizua, were selected for further due diligence by the Fund Investors at the end of the program. After due diligence is completed, one of the four finalists will be awarded $50,000 from the 2011 ZINO Annual Angel Investment Forums Fund.
Presenting companies included:
- Vizua, www.Vizua3d.com
- Ballpark Classics, Inc., www.ballparkclassics.com
- Burro, www.burrobrand.biz
- CommutePays, www.commutepays.com
- FoodNMe, www.foodnme.com
- Global Index Group, www.globalindexgroup.com
- Her Interactive, www.herinteractive.com
- Proz, Inc, www.findproz.com
- Revel Body
- Symbios, www.symbiosproducts.com
- Thos. Baker, www.thosbaker.com
About ZINO Society
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