3D printing helps unravel rare cardiac anomalies
November 14, 2019 -- A 3D-printed heart model based on patient MR images helped physicians identify two uncommon cardiac anomalies in a case report published online November 11 in Clinical Imaging. The technique may be a viable alternative to more invasive procedures, such as cardiac catheterization, researchers say.  Discuss
3D printing may improve safety of upper GI surgery
November 7, 2019 -- 3D-printed models of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract provided several benefits to the surgical management of a patient with a compressed esophagus -- including improving preoperative planning and intraoperative navigation -- according to a case report recently published online in BMC Surgery.  Discuss
4 core applications of cardiovascular 3D printing
October 28, 2019 -- How are clinicians integrating 3D printing technology into adult cardiovascular medicine? Researchers from the U.S., Switzerland, and China detail a wide range of examples in four core areas in a review article published online October 21 in Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.  Discuss
Black-blood CT sheds light on intraluminal heart anatomy
October 9, 2019 -- An advanced imaging technique called black-blood CT can leverage cinematic rendering technology to provide a detailed view inside the lumen of vasculature and potentially bolster cardiac evaluation, according to an article published online October 1 in the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.  Discuss
New technique unravels 3D MRI scans of placenta
October 3, 2019 -- When applied to 3D MRI, a new mapping algorithm can generate virtual placenta models that open up and flatten -- enhancing the visibility of the placenta during pregnancy, according to an upcoming presentation at the International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention in China.  Discuss
Cinematic rendering offers clinical utility in MSK CT
September 26, 2019 -- What is the clinical utility of cinematic rendering in musculoskeletal (MSK) CT? It enhances the visualization of soft-tissue injuries and fractures -- in turn improving trauma evaluation and preoperative planning, Dr. Savvas Nicolaou said in a presentation at the recent International Society for Computed Tomography meeting in San Diego.  Discuss
3D VR models improve kidney-sparing surgery outcomes
September 18, 2019 -- Examining 3D virtual reality (VR) models during presurgical planning for robotic-assisted partial nephrectomy led to reductions in operating time, blood loss, and hospital length of stay compared with planning based on MRI and CT scans alone in a new study, published online September 18 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
New 3D bioprinting method produces functional organ tissue
September 16, 2019 -- Researchers from Harvard University have developed a new 3D bioprinting method that uses a combination of stem cells and 3D CT data to produce functional, patient-specific organ tissue. The resulting 3D-bioprinted models are poised to facilitate organ repair and restoration, according to an article recently published online in Science Advances.
Virtual reality relieves kids' anxiety over chest x-ray
September 9, 2019 -- Educating pediatric patients about their upcoming chest x-ray exam with virtual reality technology helped reduce preprocedural anxiety, and, in turn, the need for repeat exams and parental presence in the imaging suite in a new study, published online September 9 in JAMA Pediatrics.  Discuss
3D printing cuts surgery time for eye socket repair
September 4, 2019 -- Examining 3D-printed models based on head CT scans enabled clinicians to customize implants required for eye socket fracture repair and reduce the time to complete the surgery by roughly 50% in a new study, recently published online in Academic Radiology.  Discuss