Opportunities of 3D Technologies in Medical Imaging

By Healthcare Tech Outlook | Friday, November 30, 2018


The evolution of 3D technology is creating various miracles in medical imaging. The images obtained through 3D medical imaging provide accurate information. 3D imaging gives the accessibility to new angles and resolutions of the images that can give a better understanding of the body. The thousand-fold increase in networking speed is the primary reason to obtain the images without any noise. The bandwidth available for transmission has grown from megabits to gigabits. The speed of such networks has enabled healthcare providers to work with larger data. The increased speed allows client-server and cloud-hosted models to be always available. The cases for other hospitals and imaging centers are made easier by immediate transfer of information.

Healthcare industry is working with medical equipment manufacturers to redesign the computer infrastructure with 3D imaging. In the early days of CT scan, radiologists would take only four to sixteen slices in a sweep across the body. Now the advanced technology allows taking thousands of slices in a single study.

Few of the advanced medical imaging technologies include Cinematic Rendering, Tomosynthesis, AI in medical imaging, 3D Computing Tomography Angiography, and 3D Ultrasound. Cinematic Rendering offers the complex structure images; Tomosynthesis helps in detection of breast cancer; AI gives accurate and hard-number measurement by increasing the chances of diagnosis. It could also improve efficiency in detecting organs to inject rightly and faster; 3D CTA allows visualizing the arterial and venous vessels; 3D Ultrasound allows reconstructing additional views from the raw data and helps in the imaging process.

The advanced scanner technology can create data that can give more explicit images with high resolution. Also, the dosage of radiation for patients during medical imaging can be decreased. In the future, with the help of AI algorithms, the image processing time can be reduced, and the images that cannot be viewed by a human eye can be spotted. The treatment planning could be done accurately from the data obtained through this 3D imaging technology. It allows healthcare professionals to view more of the texture of the anatomy to diagnose the illness quickly and start timely treatment.

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