Digital technology for clinicians

Lucas Royer, a graduate student in the Augmented Medicine lab, demonstrates the benefits of ultra-accurate tumor location.

Fred Pieau
After augmented reality and seamless networks, Yannick Morvan, Connected Healthcare lab Manager, gave a demonstration on digital medicine at the 2nd IRT Forum last October.

With a surgical field, ultrasound system, and 3D MRI machine, it's like you've set up part of a hospital at the IRT Forum.

Yes, while b<>com is helping develop the networks and audio-visual content of tomorrow, it’s also working on e-health as its first field of practical applications. So to illustrate our work in optimizing clinical care, we have chosen to demonstrate the removal of a liver tumor. This was not a condition we chose at random, because it's one of the world's ten most common forms of cancer, with nearly 750,000 new cases a year. 

Yannick Morvan

Your patient's care starts in the radiology machine.

First comes the preoperative phase, which consists of analyzing images to get a more accurate diagnosis. b<>com has developed a secure, flexible connectivity solution for transporting and displaying medical images between different care centers or hospital wards. No more carrying images on CDs between far-flung providers: Everyone involved in patient care can access medical images quickly and without difficulty. More specifically, this demonstration uses a DICOM connectivity library to transmit medical images over the web (using the same http protocol as a browser).

So the diagnosis is in, and your patient needs surgery...

Now we move on to the "intraoperative" phase, during which the surgeon will excise the tumor. Using an ultrasound system connected to a 3D magnetic resonance scanner, the surgeon's movements are guided with extreme accuracy, and he has a clear view of the locations of both the ablation instrument and the tumor to be treated. The goal, obviously, is to improve the patient's well-being and reduce the failure rate. Beyond this illustrative example, b<>com is also developing augmented reality visualization tools that provide useful information to the surgeon.

Have you been in touch with hospitals to develop these solutions?

Of course! At the Augmented Healthcare lab, Guillaume Dardenne is working with the hospitals in Rennes and Brest, which are both members of b<>com. For the connectivity aspects, one company I'm working with is ETIAM, a business that specializes in telemedicine operations.