3D Imaging Changing Surgical Procedures

December 20, 2016
3D Imaging Changing Surgical Procedures

Each day doctors and researchers make incredible medical breakthroughs. Seemingly archaic now, anesthesia wasn’t used until the 19th century. Doctors have implemented new forms of technology in their treatment of patients resulting in a doubled life expectancy.  Researchers in Austria are using 3D imaging of blood vessels to better perform their surgeries.

Gordon Hunt writes in the Silicon Republic’s article, “Novel Way to Quickly Find Blocked Arteries Discovered,” that blood vessels need a road map because there is a myriad amount of them. Austrian Researcher, Rüdiger Schernthaner describes that by “using this technique, we are actually able to visualize the lumen of inside of lung and brain blood vessels without overlaps.” Doctors can now perform surgeries with more clarity and confidence than before. Researcher Eduard Gröller mentions 3D imaging “allows the doctor to identify extravascular pathologies while examining blood vessels.” This advancement can now help doctors seamlessly navigate all 100,000 miles of blood vessels in the adult human body. Gröller goes on to say this advancement, “processes information near the centerline of a blood vessel with high accuracy.” The use of 3D imaging also allows doctors to forgo the amount of time wasted between CT imaging.

Hopefully 3D imaging technology results in easier, less risky procedures; leading to lowered recuperation times for patients. Soma Technology looks forward to medical devices of the future that include a 3D imaging feature.


Source: https://www.siliconrepublic.com/innovation/3d-map-blood-vessels-blocked-arteries

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