Product category: Other medical information systems / software
TIPSO Touchless Image Navigation (TIPSO AirPad and TIPSO Beam)
TIPSOTM Touchless Image Navigation is an award-winning set of Human-Machine Interfaces (HMI) designed for interventional specialists and surgeons who need to efficiently interact with radiology images in the endovascular suite or operating room (OR). TIPSO is designed by physicians to fit seamlessly in their challenging work environment. TIPSOs novel touchless user interfaces (TIPSO AirPad® and TIPSOTM Beam) and enable an operator to access and control radiology images (PACS or intra-procedural imaging modalities) without the inconvenience of leaving the ORs sterile environment or having to carry out lengthy communication with a technician to delegate the task. This is accomplished by sensing an operator's hand and finger motions and translating to keyboard/mouse commands that are then wirelessly communicated to a computer workstation to manipulate the radiology images. The interfaces function independently of each other but can also work well together in a connected fashion.
The TIPSO AirPad was designed from the ground-up to fit in the crowded operative space with its small and unobtrusive form factor. It is small and portable – allowing operators to manipulate patient images in restricted operative spaces. In order to sense user input, the AirPad houses a custom-designed electric field sensor that can operate wirelessly. Custom electronics were researched and designed in-house to enable accurate sensor readings in a wireless electric field sensor. Operation of the TIPSO AirPad is enabled by three types of commands: i) tapping any of the distinct regions on the AirPad, namely zoom, scroll, pan, and window/level, series advance/reverse, and 3-D rotation, to activate a particular mode; ii) making finger rotational motions (clockwise, counter-clockwise); and, iii) tilting the AirPad multi-axially to actively control medical images.
The TIPSO Beam is a 3D camera-based solution that enables users to comfortably navigate medical images from the procedural space in a completely touchless manner. Based on physician feedback, it has been developed from the ground-up to allow a physician to precisely control medical images during image-guided procedures. TIPSO Beams hardware consists of a main processing unit, a projector/sensor unit, and an AC/DC power adapter all mounted on a mobile rolling stand. The Beams integrated projector and sensor unit, which is placed above the procedural workspace (typically the surgical bed itself), provides a row of virtual menu icons (i.e., zoom, scroll, pan, etc.) over the patient drape. A user can activate commands by selecting the desired virtual icon by performing simple finger pointing and tapping gestures over the icon of choice and by moving a closed fist in lateral directions over the bed – akin to a computer mouse.
Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, NZ Technologies Inc. (NZTech) is a technology innovation and electro-mechanical device production firm whose research and development focuses on innovating modern Human Machine Interfaces (HMI). NZTechs systems engineering specialties cover 3D machine vision and sensing, artificial intelligence (AI), embedded electronics design and assembly, robotics control and manufacturing, and machine learning algorithms. NZTech brings value to the clinical sector through the development of non-intrusive 3D machine vision technologies.
The TIPSO (Touchless Interactions with PACS in Sterile Operations) system is a specialized medical technology designed and manufactured by NZTech that has evolved from the technical expertise and unique industrial experience of its engineering team through contributions from physicians as co-inventors who practice in the field of Interventional Radiology. TIPSOs novel touchless user interfaces enable the physician to access and control radiology images (PACS or intra-procedural imaging modalities) by sensing the physician's hand and finger motions and translating to keyboard/mouse commands that are then wirelessly communicated to a computer workstation to manipulate the radiology images.
With an increasing amount of equipment and tools in the operating room (OR) that require precision control, the future OR warrants a centralized technology platform that enables on-demand interaction and automation, all while minimizing the clinicians burden and effort. This would include such routine tasks as raising or lowering the operating bed height, adjusting room light levels, controlling robotics, and managing gas levels. NZTech is driven by its vision to revolutionize the way in which clinicians interact with their operative environments. TIPSO is just the beginning of its development of technologies for the OR of tomorrow, all aimed at delivering automated, touchless control as the standard of care.