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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
CAD software helps avoid contrast use in MS patients
May 23, 2019 -- Using computer-aided detection (CAD) software, 3D laboratory radiologic technologists can determine if patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) need a contrast agent for their brain MRI exam while they're still in the scanner, according to research posted online May 16 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Read More
3D printing customizes brachytherapy for cervical cancer
May 23, 2019 -- Researchers from the Netherlands have created individually tailored 3D-printed brachytherapy applicators based on the MRI scans of patients with cervical cancer, potentially improving access to tumors during treatment, according to an article published online recently in 3D Printing in Medicine. Read More
3D MRI captures changes to fetal head during birth
May 17, 2019 -- Researchers from France have used 3D MRI to visualize changes to the shape of the fetal brain and skull during the second stage of labor. The images revealed that fetal heads may experience greater stress than previously imagined, according to an article published online on May 15 in PLOS One. Read More