Cambridge researchers develop 3D controller

By staff writers

November 10, 2010 -- Researchers from the University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke's Hospital in the U.K. will present a new controller for 3D medical imaging workstations at the upcoming RSNA meeting in Chicago.

The new controller allows radiologists to orientate 2D views created from 3D data easily and without depending on reference images, according to the University of Cambridge's commercialization group, Cambridge Enterprise. By allowing the radiologist to focus only on the clinical image, the controller minimizes the spatial disorientation and visual distraction associated with existing approaches, Cambridge Enterprise said.

The intuitive mode of action of the controller is inspired by clinical ultrasound, where the operator directs his or her attention fully to the diagnostic image and avoids distracting interactions with the system interface, according to the company. The controller device can also be used to orientate the image plane during real-time MRI examinations in a similar fashion to ultrasound.

Cambridge Enterprise said it's currently looking for commercial partners to further develop the controller.

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