Kinect Used to Remotely Control CT Images

Aug 2, 2013
Yasuhiro Honma, Digital Health Online
A screen being controlled with finger gestures. The icons represent frequently-used functions.
A screen being controlled with finger gestures. The icons represent frequently-used functions.
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It is possible to show a menu with a gesture and operate it by, for example, making a gesture of pressing a button.
It is possible to show a menu with a gesture and operate it by, for example, making a gesture of pressing a button.
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NEC System Technologies Ltd exhibited a system that enables to view computed tomography (CT) images with finger and hand gestures at International Modern Hospital Show 2013, which took place from July 17 to 19, 2013.

The company will begin full-scale sales of the system, "Finger Gesture," in October 2013.

After installing software in a personal computer, Microsoft Corp's Kinect for Windows is connected to a system called "PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System)," which stores CT and MRI images, in a hospital. Then, the PACS can be remotely controlled with finger and hand gestures. It is possible to show a desired image and zoom it as well as to continuously show several hundreds of images one by one.

In an operation room, it is not possible to directly touch a medical device even when a surgeon wants to check the patient's images taken beforehand because it can cause bacterial infection. With the new system, a surgeon can perform an operation while seeing an image with a desired angle and size without worrying about infection.

With the Finger Gesture, it becomes possible to easily add functions to existing applications just by using a script file, customize the combinations of gestures and commands, showing frequently-used functions as icons, etc. The price of the system ranges from ¥2 million (approx US$20,066) to ¥3 million for 10 licenses (10 operating rooms).