AR, 3D printing set to improve cranial surgery outcomes
March 27, 2020 -- Researchers from Brazil have developed a way to visualize and interact with patient-specific anatomy using augmented reality (AR) and 3D printing. They describe how the technique could improve preoperative planning for cranial surgery and patient outcomes in an article in the March issue of Neurosurgical Focus.  Discuss
AR equipped to 'transform' image-guided interventions
March 9, 2020 -- Interventional radiology is in a prime position to leverage the enhanced visualization afforded by augmented reality (AR) technology to improve image-guided procedures and achieve better outcomes, according to a recent article published online in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.  Discuss
3 uses for cinematic rendering of brain CTA scans
March 5, 2020 -- Cinematic rendering based on CT angiography (CTA) data can enhance the visualization of complex cerebrovascular anatomy and disease beyond the capabilities of traditional volume rendering, without any added costs, according to an article recently published online in the Journal of Neuroimaging.  Discuss
TeraRecon acquired by AI group SymphonyAI
March 4, 2020 -- Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) software developer TeraRecon has been acquired by SymphonyAI, a group of business-to-business AI companies that operate in a variety of industries. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  Discuss
3D printing improves accuracy of knee arthroplasty
March 3, 2020 -- A new technique that relies on 3D-printed surgical guides designed with CT data enhanced the accuracy of total knee replacement procedures and also decreased postoperative bleeding and trauma, compared with the standard technique, in a study published online on February 22 in Orthopaedic Surgery.  Discuss
MRI finds gender differences even in healthy hearts
February 27, 2020 -- An investigational 4D flow MRI sequence has helped researchers confirm different blood flow characteristics in the hearts of young, healthy men and women. The findings could help clinicians set benchmarks for comparisons with unhealthy patients, according to a study published February 27 in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging.  Discuss
3D light scanner supplements CT for bedside procedures
February 24, 2020 -- Researchers from Tennessee have developed a navigation technique that employs a 3D light scanner and 3D printing technology to improve the accuracy and workflow of minimally invasive procedures reliant on CT data. They describe their technique in an article recently published in World Neurosurgery.  Discuss
Can ultrasound, 3D printing deepen maternal-fetal bonds?
February 18, 2020 -- When a pregnant woman sees her fetus on imaging scans, it can help strengthen the bond she feels with her unborn child, say researchers. They demonstrate how 3D-printed models based on ultrasound scans confirmed this concept in a study published online on February 8 in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing.  Discuss
3D micro-CT primed to revamp breast cancer imaging
February 11, 2020 -- Using 3D micro-CT to image breast cancer biopsy samples leads to a more precise assessment of cancer margins than the traditional histological approach and could improve the effectiveness of surgical treatment, according to a study published online February 4 in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.  Discuss
Can 3D printing help optimize cardiac CT protocols?
February 7, 2020 -- Patient-specific 3D-printed coronary models have allowed clinicians to determine ideal cardiac CT protocols for various cardiovascular diseases with greater safety and accuracy than traditional testing methods, according to a review article published online on January 24 in Current Medical Imaging Reviews.  Discuss