3D-printed device aids knee replacement surgery
September 17, 2018 -- How might 3D-printed knee jigs help improve the quality of total knee replacement surgery? Researchers from India discussed the benefits of using these patient-specific models for the task in a review article published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Trauma.  Discuss
3D virtual heart helps pinpoint irregular heartbeat
September 14, 2018 -- Researchers from Johns Hopkins University used a proprietary 3D virtual heart simulator to preoperatively identify areas of cardiac tissue that required surgical treatment for an irregular heartbeat, according to an article recently published in Nature Biomedical Engineering. The method may improve cardiac ablation procedures.  Discuss
3D CT navigation technique may improve tumor surgery
August 29, 2018 -- Researchers from Canada have developed a new technique that uses real-time imaging of 3D CT models to guide chest wall tumor resection. The method was more accurate and easier to use than conventional thoracoscopy, according to an article recently published online in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.  Discuss
Virtual reality supports patient care, medical education
August 24, 2018 -- Virtual reality technology may have a wide range of medical applications that extend beyond gaming and entertainment, say researchers from Pennsylvania. Their proprietary virtual reality program, for example, has helped reduce stress and anxiety for cancer patients awaiting radiation therapy.  Discuss
Cinematic rendering bolsters AI for depth estimation on endoscopy
August 21, 2018 -- The photorealistic quality of cinematically rendered CT scans may reduce the amount of imaging data needed to train artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for medical endoscopy applications, according to an August 16 accepted manuscript in Physics in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss
Physicians prefer cinematic rendering for ankle injuries
August 20, 2018 -- Cinematically rendered images based on CT scans of the ankle are more photorealistic and depict relevant findings better than conventional volume-rendered 3D reconstructions, according to an article published online August 14 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
3D-printed hips may improve complex fracture diagnosis
August 8, 2018 -- Radiology residents who examined 3D-printed models of an acetabular fracture based on hip CT scans had a marked improvement in their understanding of the condition, according to an article published online recently in Academic Radiology. This could benefit the accuracy of their diagnostic reports.  Discuss
3D-printed breast phantoms help refine mammography
July 30, 2018 -- Researchers from Maryland have developed new 3D printing software for creating patient-specific 3D-printed breast phantoms that could help enhance the evaluation of mammography devices, according to an article published in the July issue of the Journal of Medical Imaging.  Discuss
VR software may increase MRI segmentation efficiency
July 26, 2018 -- Using new virtual reality (VR) software to correct segmentation errors on MRI scans allowed users to complete the task more quickly and accurately compared with using a conventional 2D interface in a new study, published online July 20 in the Journal of Digital Imaging.  Discuss
New Zealand start-up scans 1st humans with spectral CT
July 18, 2018 -- Researchers from a start-up company in New Zealand have scanned the first humans with a spectral CT scanner based on solid-state digital detectors. The technology produces color images at much higher levels of resolution than traditional CT scanners and, thus, may improve diagnosis.  Discuss