3D printing cuts hip fracture repair time, blood loss
July 18, 2019 -- Integrating 3D printing technology into presurgical planning for hip joint fracture repair can significantly reduce operating times and blood loss, compared with conventional methods, according to an article published online July 9 in Orthopaedics and Traumatology: Surgery and Research.  Discuss
AR offers 3D image guidance for interventional procedures
July 12, 2019 -- Researchers from New York have developed a new image-guidance technique that uses augmented reality (AR) to facilitate interventional procedures. They detail how their method may help improve the ease and accuracy of catheter placement into the heart in an article recently published online by PLOS One.  Discuss
AI, AR enable real-time pain assessment on virtual brain
July 10, 2019 -- Researchers from Michigan have developed a new technique for real-time pain assessment on virtual 3D brain models using a combination of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and augmented reality (AR) technology. They detail their method in an article recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.  Discuss
SIIM: New reimbursement codes set to advance 3D printing
June 27, 2019 -- DENVER - In anticipation of the unprecedented launch of reimbursement codes for medical 3D printing in July, a panel of 3D printing experts discussed the implications of this critical landmark and how it may shape future work in the field in a Thursday interactive session at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.  Discuss
AR may boost efficiency of minimally invasive surgery
June 26, 2019 -- Researchers from the U.K. used an augmented reality (AR) headset to examine CT scans alongside an endoscopic video of patient anatomy while simulating minimally invasive surgery. The technology helped improve operating times and surgical proficiency in a new study, published online June 18 in Surgical Endoscopy.  Discuss
3D printing bolsters surgery for multiple rib fractures
June 17, 2019 -- Using 3D-printed models based on chest CT scans allows clinicians to personalize surgical treatment for patients with multiple rib fractures -- reducing operating times and the risk of intraoperative complications, according to an article published online June 11 in the Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery.  Discuss
Cinematic rendering tops CT to visualize patient anatomy
June 7, 2019 -- Cinematically rendered CT images allowed clinicians to understand patient anatomy more quickly and with a greater degree of accuracy than conventional CT, according to an article recently published online in JAMA Surgery. Researchers from Germany suggest the technique may also benefit surgical planning and decision-making.  Discuss
AR headsets speed transition from 2D to 3D in liver imaging
June 6, 2019 -- Radiologists wearing augmented reality (AR) headsets were able to accurately identify liver tumors on virtual 3D models four times faster than on conventional MRI scans. Researchers believe that AR could speed the transformation of 2D to 3D imaging.  Discuss
3 ways cinematic rendering can bolster colon evaluation
May 30, 2019 -- The photorealistic quality of cinematically rendered CT scans can aid in the understanding of complex colon anatomy and has the potential to facilitate the detection and characterization of colon pathology in three major ways, according to an article published in the May/June issue of the Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography.  Discuss
Radiologists rally in support of medical 3D printing
May 29, 2019 -- Clinicians, including radiologists, who attended a 3D printing course unanimously agreed that the technology has the potential to benefit the management of cardiovascular disease; nearly all expressed an interest in learning more, according to an article published May 20 in the International Journal of Artificial Organs.  Discuss