By Alexander Khmil MedTech solution consultant at DataArt, expert in 3D Medical Imaging
What is the state of medical imaging today? Conventional CT, X-Ray and MRI technologies have been successfully used by medical professionals. Although effective, these types of medical imaging lack interactivity. Modern technological advancements offer the possibility to make data more interactive, which results in a number of benefits.
Medical imaging technologies like CT, X-ray and MRI provide both patients and doctors with numerous benefits, and they have been successfully used for decades. But these conventional technologies do have a shortcoming. They yield only the ability to view an image. If we imagine a situation in which a surgeon must perform an operation that involves replacing a defective segment of bone with an implant, we will quickly understand what a CT or X-ray image does not provide. Interactivity. A doctor has no possibility to move bones around (same goes for teeth), although he or she can of course envisage this process mentally. However, in exceptional cases when a doctor has to deal with a heavy bone fracture, it is very difficult to visualize how to operate. This is exactly when a different interactive technology might be of assistance.
This technology is represented by advanced medical imaging, which includes powerful algorithms operating within a 3D space. In fact, today we have a very favorable environment for such advancements to serve medical professionals. Common browser usage culture, powerful middle-grade computers and laptops, improvements in cloud computing - all have made it possible for data to become more interactive. Moreover, there is definitely no lack of well-qualified specialists with sufficient knowledge and skill to get the most out of these advancements and create easy-to-use interfaces for medical applications.
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Let’s look at what has become possible due to the advancement in medical imaging. In the field of orthopedic implantology, for example, 3D surgical planners are used today. They allow pre-operative planning, which reduces risk, improves outcomes and cut hospitalization time. In addition, most implants now are 3D printed, and medical imaging technologies are perfect for their design and creation. As for orthodontic treatment, such planning is also very valuable because it offers doctors an opportunity to plan and control the entire process.
For educational purposes, AR/VR simulators are very helpful as medical students now have the chance to receive a close-to-life experience to better prepare them for actual surgery. Finally, with the help of modern rendering techniques, we can achieve photorealistic representation of plastic surgery outcomes before the procedure is performed.
These are just some of the medical fields in which modern 3D technologies can be successfully implemented. The benefits that they provide are obvious: visualization of complex surgical procedures, better control over the procedure and risk reduction as well as better outcomes. Medical science will definitely advance with a wider variety of advanced medical imaging technologies.