Advanced visualization: reinvigorating imaging

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The application of advanced visualization technology in diagnostic imaging continues expand the possibilities of every imaging modality. CT, PET, SPECT, MRI, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, mammography and x-ray have all been enhanced through the deployment of advanced visualization software.

A group of researchers from Children’s Hospital in Boston have utilized advanced visualization technology for pediatric SPECT imaging that allows them to decrease scanning time, lower the radiopharmaceutical dose by half and delivers superior images compared with conventional techniques.

One of the most promising aspects to their research is that commercially available, off-the-shelf computing power makes the use of their reconstruction technique, ordered subset expectation maximization with 3D resolution recovery (OSEM-3D), feasible in routine clinical practice.

In other news, Frank J. Rybicki, MD, PhD, co-director of the cardiovascular imaging section at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, delivered a compelling presentation at last week’s American Roentgen Ray Society annual meeting about an advanced image processing algorithm for coronary CT angiography (CCTA).

Researchers at the facility have developed a technique that allows fully automated 3D coronary lumen geometry extraction based on 320-detector row coronary CT angiography images. Rybicki noted that non-invasive vascular profiling is in its infancy and that many more “exciting possibilities” remain to be developed.

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 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