Advanced visualization aids detection, direction

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The utilization of advanced visualization technology not only speeds the throughput of complicated diagnostic imaging interpretation, it also provides the capability for the early detection of life threatening complications and can aid surgeons in planning highly effective interventions.

Approximately half the population will present with chronic venous disease of the legs at some point in their lives. The use of 3D CT technology, as a complement to commonly performed Doppler ultrasonography, may lead to more successful treatment of varicose veins in the lower extremities, according to research performed at the Seoul National University Hospital in Seoul, South Korea.

The combination of anatomic information available from 3D CT scans and functional information available from Doppler sonography are complementary in evaluating varicose veins. The 3D images help detect abnormalities of the deep calf veins and enable the complete visualization of the disease, to provide surgeons a roadmap when planning an intervention that may better prevent recurrence.

To find out more about the technology options available for advanced visualization, be sure to stop by our Healthcare TechGuide for an overview of offerings available from a variety of developers.

In related news, the utilization of a 3D MRI technique may hold promise to screen high-risk patients for complicated carotid plaques and to monitor the effects of interventions designed to slow the progress of the atherosclerotic disease. A Canadian-based team employed 3D high-spatial-resolution acquisition with MR technology that allows for the full assessment of complicated carotid plaque.

They found strong agreement between the lesions identified by the MRI as complicated plaques and the microscopic analysis of tissue samples taken from patients in the study. The research demonstrates that 3D MRI may have substantial use for carotid complicated plaque detection as the noninvasive method can be easily applied in clinical practice.

If your group is interested in finding out more about the capabilities of MRI 3D technology, head over to our Healthcare TechGuide and check out the variety of systems available.

Lastly, if you have a comment or report to share about the utilization of advanced visualization technology in your practice, please contact me at the address below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Jonathan Batchelor, Web Editor