3-D Ultrasound Imaging for Customized Patient Care

3-D Ultrasound Imaging for Customized Patient Care

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Thursday, February 28, 2019

3-D Ultrasound Imaging

A few years ago, special equipment and hardware were used by the medical institutions to provide evidence-based care. The time is now for medical platforms, big data, and analytics to help deliver improved care. Health institutions are beginning to focus on results in real time. The next decade will focus on preventive care, and there are several new trends in healthcare technology.

A number of new technologies emerge in the healthcare technology sector as a part of the technological boom around the world. Recently, the elasticity and stress estimates in human abdominal aorta have been studies by researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology and Catharina Hospital using a 3D ultrasound. With this operation, vascular surgeons may better predict whether and when the abdomen dilates an aneurysm to prevent life-threatening internal haemorrhage through the prevention of such metrics.

In the cardiovascular fields of care, sleep care, and perinatal care, the Eindhoven MedTech Innovation Center is a significant partnership of the Catharina Hospital (CH), Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Kempenhaeghe Epilepsy and Sleep Center (KH), the Maxima Medical Center (MMC), and Royal Philips Eindhoven (RPE). The partnership has developed over many decades with approximately 100 Ph.D. students, under the guidance of a similar number of experts from the involved partners.

In men over 60, aneurysms of more than 5.5 centimeters diameter and fast-growing aneurysms now standard are used to prevent them from breaking up. But aneurysm breaks in some patients, while the diameter is far greater than in other aneurysms. Therefore, for each patient that is in danger of rupture, doctors want to be able to predict which one is currently safe despite the fact that there is a dilated aorta.

With 320 patients and 30 healthy volunteers, a clinical study was conducted on the same subject matter. Initial results indicate that steadiness of the vessel is a significant value in measuring aneurysm progression. To date, the vessel stiffness and vessel pressure were measured several times a year in over 70 patients over 3.5 years, in addition to the maximum diameter. The first study results showed that a change in vessel rigidity is an important indicator for predicting growth and the eventual rupture of the aneurysm. In order to confirm these findings, researchers have already begun to analyze the research results further.

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