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VECTRA WB360 is the world's first 3D whole-body imaging solution. Designed for medical use, this innovative system images nearly the entire skin surface in macro-quality resolution with a single capture. The integrated software allows clinicians to map, measure and track pigmented lesions and to record and monitor distributed skin diseases.
The new VECTRA WB360, equipped with 92 carefully positioned cameras, produces a three-dimensional image of practically the entire body, precisely replicating body shape and skin features. These images are an indispensable tool for dermatologists and plastic surgeons, allowing them to more confidently assess a patient's body.
The Canfield VECTRA WB360 revolutionizes the dermatology space. Now, with a simple click of a button, a practice will have a nearly complete 3D model of a patient, with all lesions categorized. In the past, dermatologists had to take individual photos of each lesion and catalog each one in their notes. VECTRA WB360 automates this process, decreasing the time it takes to capture and organize images, so the clinician can begin making their assessments and treatment plans faster and more efficiently. The system also reduces the need for close-up (dermoscopy) images, since the quality of the 3D body map is suitable for documentation and assessment. With all information automatically stored onto a computer, new images can be analyzed against previous images taken of the patient during past visits.
In less than a second, the VECTRA WB360 captures 92 images which are used to generate a full 3-D rendering of the body. The system produces a model that replicates the skin surface in complete detail, drastically reducing the amount of time required for patient evaluation. The clinician can use the system to closely examine the lesions of interest in detail and group the lesions by size, shape and/or color.
The VECTRA WB360 helps clinicians find lesions that may have otherwise been hidden. The system also reduces patient anxiety by drastically cutting the time it takes to photograph (while nude or semi-nude) down from 10-20 minutes compared to 2D photography body mapping systems to less than a minute.
The design and engineering team focused on creating an elegant yet robust structure that fits within Canfield's brand identity with its use of complex surface geometries, carefully-selected finishes and recognizable color scheme. The open and organic design of the VECTRA WB360 hardware was intended to prevent feelings of claustrophobia, intimidation and fear in a patient during use. The design is modular, enabling configurations for both full body and half body systems, depending on customer budget. Special considerations were given to assembly and servicing, making the VECTRA WB360 easy to use for all who interact with the system. The VECTRA WB360 was designed to meet expectations for image quality and to provide customers with high-end user-experience and aesthetics.
The team developed a design for a modular pod, which incorporates two cameras, cross polarizing flash, circuit boards, and an aluminum plate for frame attachment. The system utilizes 46 of these precisely-angled pods to obtain a 360-degree image of a patient. Incorporating a design that housed all camera and flash positions to fit within an 8.75ft by 8.75ft room was one of the greatest challenges faced by the design and engineering team.
The goal was to capture 46 of these pods into a form that was not intimidating and fully reflected the high perceived value of the Canfield product identity. Canfield's products focus on the balance between beauty and science. The team at HSD designed the WB360 with a streamlined exterior and an approachable interior. The design is intended to provide the patient with a sense of security as they stand exposed (semi-nude) in front of the 92 cameras. Each pod is disguised within the dark background of the housing, which is wrapped in a soft, white exterior. This blending of high technology and form results in a pleasant and quick examination experience for the patient and a more efficient and accurate result for the clinician.
The relative scale of the system, tolerance requirements and curved geometries led to a segmented (14 sections) design. The various sections of the VECTRA WB360 were made of thin walled aluminum to keep the parts lightweight, allowing for a single-technician assembly. The geometry also introduced large undercuts, driving the need for complex and precise thermoformed manufacturing processes. The requirements for camera alignment also presented challenges for frame manufacturing and required unique fixturing. To keep with Canfield's brand identity, attachment features are hidden from the user to create a seamless body.
The structure's design allows for simple access to all components for servicing, based on the one-camera pod design, making servicing a faster and easier experience for a technician. From clinicians to patients to technicians, all stakeholders were considered and placed at the center of the design process.
Before physical prototypes were generated, the design team utilized oculus rift goggles to assess design and aesthetic detail full-scale. When frame prototypes were received, the housings were virtually laid over the frame to ensure the components were accurately positioned. Several 3D models were built to evaluate the form and details in real time. Throughout this process, the design team collaborated with the software and optic teams to prevent any compromises in the WB360's aesthetics.
The VECTRA WB360 was designed to provide accurate imaging quickly in order to help clinicians analyze and monitor skin conditions efficiently and with confidence. As a result, the system provides patients with peace of mind and decreases the duration of patient examinations. The system allows the user to make educated and appropriate recommendations for clients in a timely manner, while enhancing the relationship between the practitioner and patient.