Advanced visualization: Perfecting procedure planning

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My father used what he called the “p-squared” expression as a comment on any venture that failed to live up to expectations. The p-squared in his verbal shorthand stood for “poor planning.” When it comes to surgical interventions, there really can be no p-squared procedures.

Although some medical professionals have dismissed image reformatting technology as simply “pretty pictures,” their more creative colleagues continue to explore the potential and possibilities of these powerful applications.

For example, the level of detail that an image reconstruction provides is now enabling surgeons to utilize the technology as an integral part of their interventional planning. Not only are they able to view an object from multiple approach angles, they are also able to assess volume in relation to anatomy—a critical capability when considering a resection or ablation.

The applications are also being employed to model estimated glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in potential renal transplant donors. This work, being conducted at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, shows promise in measuring GFR in a quick and cost-effective manner when compared with the current gold standard of the 125I-iothalamate urinary clearance exam.

If you or your group is interested in finding out more about the capabilities of advanced visualization technology and how it can extend and expand the reach of diagnostic imaging service lines, head over to our Healthcare TechGuide and check out the variety of systems offered there.

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

Jonathan Batchelor, Web Editor