Virtual reality adds depth to brain aneurysm diagnosis
June 20, 2018 -- Radiologists detected brain aneurysms just as accurately by examining CT scans with a virtual reality device as they did by reviewing conventional CT angiography and 3D rotational angiography scans, researchers reported in the July issue of Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery.  Discuss
New 3D CT technique tops x-ray for diagnosing arthritis
June 19, 2018 -- Researchers from the U.K. have developed an algorithm capable of detecting subtle changes in the spacing between arthritic joints on 3D-reconstructed CT scans better than even standard x-ray imaging can, according to an article published online on June 18 in Scientific Reports.  Discuss
Cinematic rendering sheds light on abdominal pathology
June 13, 2018 -- Cinematic rendering may help improve preoperative planning for complex surgeries in the stomach and kidneys by enhancing the surface detail of abdominal CT scans, according to research recently published online in Abdominal Radiology and the Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography.  Discuss
3D-printed aortas could work well for TAVR
June 7, 2018 -- Researchers from Italy have created low-cost, individually tailored 3D-printed aortas that could work well for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), according to an article published online May 26 in the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.  Discuss
Hospital 3D printing: Part 2 -- A clear path to value capture
June 5, 2018 -- A key part of starting a 3D printing service or lab is demonstrating its value capture. Bill O'Connell of Materialise and Edward Stefanowicz of Geisinger Health System describe 12 potential value-capture areas associated with hospital 3D printing in part 2 of their series.  Discuss
Hospital 3D printing: Part 1 -- Starting a 3D printing service
June 4, 2018 -- Are you thinking about launching a 3D printing service or lab at your hospital? In the first of a two-part series on hospital 3D printing, Bill O'Connell of Materialise and Edward Stefanowicz of Geisinger Health System suggest measures you should take before getting started.  Discuss
'Bitmap' technique enhances quality, speed of 3D printing
June 4, 2018 -- A new 3D printing technique can produce multimaterial 3D-printed models more rapidly and with a higher resolution than traditional techniques by converting MRI and CT scans into a series of black and white pixels, according to a study published online May 29 in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing.  Discuss
AI may help overcome barriers to medical 3D printing
May 21, 2018 -- How can artificial intelligence (AI) help ameliorate the high cost and long turnaround time of producing 3D-printed models? One possibility is by automating steps in the 3D printing process, according to a review article published online May 9 in Expert Review of Medical Devices.  Discuss
Advanced visualization and the cloud that never formed
May 14, 2018 -- Recent hype about cloud technology has yet to materialize in clinical and diagnostic healthcare IT, especially when it comes to advanced visualization (AV). Why haven't more healthcare providers moved their AV solutions to the cloud? Ulrik Kristensen, PhD, from Signify Research examines this question.  Discuss
Study: 3D-printed mandibles may reduce OR time
May 3, 2018 -- Creating 3D-printed models of fractured mandibles may reduce time spent in the operating room (OR), according to a new study in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. The findings suggest that inexpensive 3D printing technologies could save hospitals hundreds of dollars per operation.  Discuss