Simulation training boosts cardiac surgery skills
September 21, 2016 -- Thoracic surgery residents mastered complex cardiothoracic surgery skills after participating in a surgery simulation training program, according to a pair of papers in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery that examined the effectiveness of the virtual operating theater-based course and solicited trainees' experiences.
Take that, Watson: Radiologists 'sense' cancer in images
August 30, 2016 -- Have you ever pulled up an image and had a feeling that something wasn't right? You might not be imagining things, according to an August 29 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
CT, 3D printing bring Egyptian mummy back to life
August 26, 2016 -- Australian researchers used CT, 3D printing, and some forensic tricks to reconstruct the face of Meritamun, a high-status woman who lived in ancient Egypt during the reign of the pharaohs, according to a story on Seeker.com.
Advanced visualization tool assesses lung disease
August 19, 2016 -- An Australian start-up firm called 4Dx has developed a new technique that combines fluoroscopy and advanced visualization to generate high-resolution images of lung-tissue motion and airflow. The firm hopes the technology will enable researchers to view and measure abnormal function in lung regions at the earliest clinical stages of disease.
Creating digital and printed resources from medical images
August 17, 2016 -- Physical models of human anatomy created with 3D printing are finding a wide variety of uses, from medical education to surgical planning to forensic medicine. But what's the best way to get started with 3D printing -- without breaking the bank?
How low can CT radiation dose go for lung screening?
August 15, 2016 -- We're making progress in the race to reduce radiation dose for CT lung cancer screening to ever-lower levels. But as dose drops, image noise grows. Fortunately, researchers are refining image processing techniques that can improve image quality while driving CT dose down to the level of a chest x-ray.
3D imaging helps diagnose 1.7-million-year-old cancer
August 8, 2016 -- Cancer is often thought to be a product of modern times and lifestyles, but researchers have discovered what they believe is the earliest case of malignancy -- in a fossil from an early human ancestor who lived about 1.7 million years ago. The key to diagnosing this ancient cancer was advanced 3D imaging technology.
EchoPixel prepares to ship VR tools on HP platform
July 21, 2016 -- Advanced visualization firm EchoPixel made a major step toward broader clinical acceptance of its True 3D Viewer advanced visualization tools this week. The company is getting ready to begin shipping a version of the holographic technology based on virtual reality (VR) displays and workstations from computer giant HP.
Could machine learning diagnose Alzheimer's disease?
July 7, 2016 -- Could techniques like machine learning help radiologists diagnose Alzheimer's disease? Dutch researchers used machine-learning software to analyze arterial spin-labeled MRI scans for signs of abnormal perfusion that could be a predictor of Alzheimer's, according to a study published on July 6 in Radiology.
3D printing finds myriad roles in healthcare
June 13, 2016 -- From its roots in 1980 as a novel idea for speeding up product design and prototyping, 3D printing has grown into a cottage industry in healthcare, finding myriad roles in patient care and physician training, according to a review article published online May 27 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.