3D printing offers alternative to CT-guided lung surgery
January 3, 2019 -- An international team of researchers created 3D-printed navigational templates that were just as accurate as CT at locating small lung nodules before surgery. The templates had the added benefits of shorter operating times and lower radiation exposure, according to an article recently published online in JAMA Surgery.  Discuss
AR aids image-guided spinal procedures on live patients
December 20, 2018 -- Researchers from Washington, DC, have successfully used augmented reality (AR) technology to perform image-guided spinal procedures on patients with an accuracy matching that of traditional fluoroscopy, according to research presented at the RSNA 2018 meeting in Chicago.  Discuss
Life-size 3D-printed 'human' primed for radiation therapy
December 18, 2018 -- Researchers from Louisiana have created a 3D-printed full-body phantom that clinicians can use to test radiation therapy protocols as a way to improve dosing for radiation therapy during cancer treatment.  Discuss
AR improves operative view for robotic thyroid surgery
December 13, 2018 -- Researchers from South Korea have developed a technique to enhance the safety of robotic thyroidectomy by overlaying augmented reality (AR) models, based on CT scans, directly onto patients during surgery, according to a study published in the December issue of Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research.  Discuss
AR, 3D printing make headway in patient education
November 30, 2018 -- CHICAGO - Researchers from New York have created hundreds of individually tailored kidney and prostate cancer models using 3D printing and augmented reality (AR) technologies. The 3D models have helped improve patients' understanding of their disease and treatment, according to a presentation at RSNA 2018.  Discuss
Virtual reality may help plan, guide glioma resection
November 27, 2018 -- CHICAGO - Virtual and augmented reality technologies offer an interactive, 3D visualization of brain cancer that can help improve preoperative planning and intraoperative guidance for brain tumor resection, according to a Tuesday presentation at RSNA 2018.  Discuss
3D printing gives pediatric heart surgery a boost
November 21, 2018 -- Researchers in the U.S. have created hundreds of individually tailored 3D-printed cardiac models to facilitate presurgical planning for pediatric heart disease. Using these models has helped lower operating times and reduce costs, according to a new article published in 3D Printing in Medicine.  Discuss
3D-printed lungs improve patient understanding of surgery
November 15, 2018 -- Using transparent, flexible 3D-printed models of the lung helped physicians improve patients' understanding of lung cancer surgery -- including its harms and benefits -- during informed consent consultations, according to an article recently published online in Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  Discuss
3D head models reduce workload for brain radiotherapy
November 8, 2018 -- 3D-printed models of human heads may remove the need for brain cancer patients to undergo a simulation CT exam before receiving whole-brain radiotherapy -- reducing costs and increasing workflow efficiency, according to an article published in the January issue of Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment.  Discuss
Heart valve-tracking algorithm boosts viability of 4D MRI
November 2, 2018 -- An automated heart valve-tracking algorithm halved the amount of time and variability involved in blood-flow quantification with 4D MRI, according to an article published online October 30 in Radiology. The improved efficiency may help convince clinicians that cardiac 4D MRI is useful for assessing valvular heart disease.  Discuss