Ocutrx Technologies, a California-based technology company known for its ORLenz surgery augmented reality (AR) headset, and the OR-Bot Surgery Visualization Theatre™, has announced that they are expanding from external visualization augmented reality (AR) and extended reality (XR) techniques to a first-of-class laparoscopic visualization key-hole instrument called “Scopetrx”, a wireless Laparoscopic Swivel Camera Tool. The instrument’s mobilization allows the surgeon to have an unobstructed rotating 360° x 270° view with a dramatically increased field-of-view (FoV) of 100 degrees and enhanced 4K resolution. The patent pending wireless real-time video innovation was developed by Ocutrx in conjunction with Dr. David L. Street, M.D., F.A.C.S., a vascular surgeon, and member of the Ocutrx International Surgical Steering Committee. Dr. Street, who is a part of the Oregon Surgical Specialist practice in Medford, Oregon, is board certified for General Surgery and Vascular Surgery. He previously pioneered protocols for minimally invasive surgeries still in use since the 1980’s.
“I expressed what was lacking in my current laparoscopy tools and worked with the Ocutrx engineering team to build in all the features I really needed,” said Dr. Street. “For one thing the Scopetrx instrument is wireless which gets rid of a lot of cords and ‘bulk’ typically in the surgeon’s way. It works off of a battery about the size in a cordless drill battery, which provides the energy to run the device and send wireless 4K video to ORLenz 3D headsets or monitors. With current laparoscopic cameras, you have to switch your scope whenever you want to shift your field-of-vision from straight, to thirty degrees to forty-five degrees and so on. But Scopetrx allows you to see all of the different angles needed during a surgery with one single scope,” said Street. “I believe this will generally improve patient’s outcomes, and reduce their down-time, because you only have to put the scope in once, saving both skin and tissue from being entered and exited multiple times.”
The Scopetrx Laparoscopic Tool sends both data and 4K video using Ocutrx’s WiDtrx™ technology. WiDtrx sends 4K video wirelessly as fast as an HDMI cable can carry the same information. The camera subsystem swivels on the main barrel providing a 360º roll, while the camera extends on a multi-axis pivot support permitting another 270° of yaw and pitch rotation. This disruptive innovation lets the surgeon see around “corners” with much more depth and visibility than other laparoscopic instruments being used inside the body today.
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