Startup Ocutrx Technologies (Irvine, Calif.) announced today that it is expanding from external visualization augmented reality (AR) and extended reality (XR) techniques to a laparoscopic visualization key-hole instrument called Scopetrx.
The wireless laparoscopic swivel camera instrument is designed to allow the surgeon to have an unobstructed, rotating view with a 100-degree field of vision and 4K resolution. 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 innovation lets the surgeon see around “corners” with much more depth and visibility than other laparoscopic instruments being used inside the body today, according to Ocutrx.
“One of the first innovations was to put the camera on the end of the laparoscope instrument, rather than using a long fiber optic cable that other systems use,” said Ocutrx chief product engineer Jordan Boss.
“This gives surgeons a huge field-of-view, delivering much more depth-of-field and other critical identification information than before,” Boss said in a news release. “Then, we bleed off some of the battery energy to minimally heat the camera subsystem tip up to body temperature, so that there is no fogging when the instrument enters the body or waiting for it to de-fog, thus, eliminating non-productive time from a surgery.”
Surgeons can use Scopetrx for both laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures. The camera works in conjunction with Ocutrx’s OR-Bot surgery visualization theater, a cobotic surgery suite.
In addition to the new technology, Ocutrx recently changed its company standing from a limited liability company to a C-Corp, holding all of its technologies and products.