Medicine often benefits from new technology developed for other purposes – months after X-rays were discovered, they were being used on the battlefield to locate bullets within soldiers. Similarly, sensor hardware originally designed for consumer products like smart-phone cameras is now being applied in image-guided therapy (IGT), which uses MRIs, CT-scans, ultrasounds, and other digital imaging technologies to help surgeons operate more precisely and treat internal conditions without surgical incisions.
Even though IGT is transforming the process of medical interventions by introducing treatments that are more accurate, less invasive, and in some cases never-before-possible, the frenetic change of consumer technology is not well-suited to the more measured pace of medical advancement. This makes it difficult to create new IGT technology that can save lives. A new software platform may soon change that.