3D-printed head phantom helps calibrate 7T MRI
October 1, 2018 -- Researchers from Pennsylvania have created a patient-specific 3D-printed head phantom that may facilitate the testing of new protocols on 7-tesla MRI scanners.  Discuss
Virtual reality, 3D printing resolve obscure lung cancer
September 28, 2018 -- Researchers from South Korea used a combination of virtual reality and 3D printing technology to identify and determine the best course of treatment for a lung cancer that was otherwise indiscernible on conventional CT scans, according to a report published online September 25 in Thoracic Cancer.  Discuss
How can virtual reality bolster image interpretation?
September 24, 2018 -- Integrating virtual reality directly into the radiology workflow can offer radiologists new, intuitive ways to interact with medical imaging data, both individually and in concert with other physicians, say researchers from Canada in an article recently published online in the Journal of Digital Imaging.  Discuss
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