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Rady Children’s announces launch of new no-cost 3D model viewing technology

Developed using Unity, the software allows viewing of advanced 3D reconstructions directly on a surgeon’s computer.

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, one of the nation’s top pediatric health care systems, today announced the availability of Arc Viewer, a new no-cost 3D model viewing software. Built in-house at the hospital’s Helen and Will Webster Foundation 3D Innovations (3DI) Lab, Arc Viewer allows clinicians at any hospital to easily interact with virtual 3D reconstructions of patient anatomy.

Arc Viewer is built with Unity, the world’s leading platform of tools for creators to build and grow real-time games, apps, and experiences across multiple platforms.

“The current state of health care calls for complex technology to become a part of a physician’s everyday life. Having access to an intuitive platform to view the patient-specific anatomy of a tiny, intricate cardiac chamber before going into surgery is game-changing,” remarked Dr. John Nigro, Division Chief of Cardiac Surgery & Cardiac Transplant Services at Rady Children’s Hospital, Helen and Will Webster Foundation Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Co-Director, Rady Children’s Heart Institute, and clinical professor of surgery at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

“Coupled with the fact that I can operate the software on my computer to view an accurate 3D image of the heart — all within minutes — this technology greatly helps with surgery planning and increases confidence in the operating room.”

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