The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations

The Artères Foundation

Artères is a non-profit, private foundation whose mission is to improve patient comfort and support medical research. Currently-available medical imaging tools have several limitations. They can only provide 2D images that are pre-recorded and intended for use in diagnosis and pre-operatory investigations. Because these tools are complicated to use and costly, they are not available on a wide scale. Tools that provide 3D imaging would prove highly valuable during operations, in particular in the event of a stroke.

An original approach: combining OsiriX imaging software and 3D/4D visualization

In partnership with Artères Foundation and working with the team of Dr. Mendes Pereira, the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations decided to:

•  use OsiriX imaging software applications ;
•  develop and combine them with 3D/4D visualization materials ;
•  add an image-guided intra-operatory navigation system.

Medical imaging in the operating room is extremely important because, in addition to these improvements, it opens up new possibilities to treat conditions that up to now had been considered “inaccessible”. The success of this project may lead to more positive treatment outcomes for neurological diseases.

OsiriX: Medical software that drives major breakthroughs

OsiriX is an example of open-source software developed for free by a group of researchers and managed by a foundation. Currently used by over 50,000 professionals across the globe, it is the most widely adopted platform
in the medical world for the visualization and analysis of medical images.

The Foundation aims to promote the development of this open-source software in medicine – through the OsiriX Plugin Awards – for no commercial gain.

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A resounding impact for healthcare

The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations anticipate four major impacts thanks to this new development:

•  better surgery outcomes;
•  shortened preparation and positioning time prior to operating
   (20 to 40% less);
•  reduced surgery time and, consequently, less time under anesthesia for the
   patient (20 to 30% less);
•  reduced risk of post-operatory complications.

A clear measurement of the impact of this groundbreaking project at the University Hospital of Geneva (HUG) should ultimately make it possible to replicate the program at other hospitals.

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