How Verizon 5G can help doctors see in a whole new way

From x-rays to CT scans to MRIs, medical imaging technologies have long allowed doctors to look inside their patients. There’s no understating how transformative these tools have been, yet for all their power to guide potentially life-saving interventions, they still leave physicians with 2D data to understand 3D anatomy.

Consequently, there’s a broad disconnect between mapping an anatomical image and performing an actual surgery—a challenge that requires surgeons to rely on their intuition and mind’s eye to guide their hand. For patients, their loved ones and doctors themselves, eliminating any surgical guesswork is critical to improving patient outcomes.

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Healthcare is one of the most exciting, potentially impactful frontiers for Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband technology. And the next great medical imaging breakthrough—one that has the potential to help democratize access to critical procedures, increase patients’ peace of mind and, most importantly, save lives—is emerging, and Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband technology will play an integral role in its development and potential deployment.

From x-rays to x-ray vision

With access to Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband at the Verizon 5G Lab in New York City, the surgeons, radiologists and engineers at Medivis are leveraging augmented reality and artificial intelligence in breathtaking, potentially transformational new ways. Wearing mixed-reality lenses, surgeons can “see inside” the body to work with uncommon accuracy, and detect what might have previously been undetectable.

“Tumors can be hard to find and even harder when they’re small,” says Medivis co-founder Dr. Osamah Choudhry. “But we realized that if we could make standard MRI scans into rich, 3D holographic images that doctors could interact with—in near-real time—we could really have an impact.”

From tumor identification to diagnostics to classroom teaching tools, the use cases that Medivis’ technology opens up are staggering. But for this remarkable technology to realize its full potential, it needs the speed, network bandwidth and ultra-low latency of Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband.

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“The entire goal of our technology is to send patient imaging as quickly and with as much detail as possible,” says Dr. Choudhry. “With next-generation wireless connectivity, the richest, most accurate data will be able to be used by the surgeon in near-real time. Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband opens those doors.”

The potential of Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband connectivity and augmented reality throughout healthcare is truly limitless.
Dr. Christopher Morley

Co-Founder
Medivis

According to Medivis co-founder Dr. Christopher Morley, Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband technology and mobile edge computing will supercharge their platform—though not at the expense of a physician’s time-honed instincts and training.

“The technology allows us to localize what we’re trying to target,” he says. “It's the ability to see what you've planned for. The intuition piece of surgery is still huge, but complementing that with the ability to finally leverage data to its full potential, that's powerful.

A new standard operating procedure

Medivis’ platform has the potential to make more accurate diagnoses possible, ultimately improving patient outcomes. But the implications don’t end there.

The high bandwidth of Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband will enable massive amounts of imaging data to be relayed and viewed wherever a Verizon 5G connection exists. Eventually, the technology will be leveraged and scaled beyond specially outfitted operating rooms. Thanks to edge computing, device form factors will continue to shrink, further reducing restrictions and freeing physicians to perform procedures without clunky, cumbersome AR hardware.

“The potential of Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband connectivity and augmented reality throughout healthcare is truly limitless,” says Dr. Morley. “It will enable immersive collaboration between doctors and patients both face-to-face and in remote locations. It will fundamentally transform how we train our students, the future caregivers. It will raise the bar of the entire profession, making it far more integrated and personalized. Innovations like this have been a long time coming.”

Promising prognosis

Ultimately, the work being done by Medivis and Verizon represents a shared belief that with Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband, visionaries from various industries can tackle problems in ways that were scarcely imaginable just a few years ago.

“At the Verizon 5G Labs, we try to find problems that are big enough, ideas and approaches that are unique enough, and entrepreneurs that are best in class,” explains Christian Guirnalda, Director of Verizon 5G Labs. “With Medivis, we have all three. They’ve taken that 2D world and made it immersive and put it in the hands of surgeons. Their outcomes are already showing promise, and we think Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband can make them even better.”

For Medivis, a future powered by Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband will allow them to focus on the most crucial connection of all: the one between patient and caregiver.

“While some new technologies are pushing patients and providers further apart, Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband represents an enormous coming together,” says Dr. Morley. “Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband is an open invitation not simply to change how we do certain things, but to fundamentally rethink how to do all of it.”

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