Japanese university develops 3D telemedical system

A university in Tokyo and a tech firm have developed an online medical examination system that enables doctors to see patients using 3D images.

Juntendo University demonstrated the system on Friday.

The system connected the university with a nursing home for people with Parkinson's disease in Ishikawa Prefecture, on the Sea of Japan coast.

A doctor wearing a special headset asked questions about a patient's symptoms while looking at 3D images of the person in real time.

The university says the images can show patients' detailed movements to enable treatment.

Parkinson's is a neurodegenerative disorder that causes unintended and uncontrollable movements, such as shaking of limbs, or stiffness.

This makes it hard for many patients to visit medical institutions that provide specialized treatment.

Juntendo University says it hopes to introduce the system to care homes for Parkinson's patients across Japan.

Oyama Genko, an associate professor at the university, says the system enables doctors to provide remote high-quality medical services similar to face-to-face treatment.