Poised for another big year

Happy New Year and welcome to 2016, which, if recent history is any indication, is sure to bring major developments to the world of advanced visualization.

Just look at how we finished up last year. As I wrote in December, 3D printing had a strong showing at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. There, press conferences recounted the efforts of physicians at Texas Children’s Hospital who used 3D printing to plan a complicated surgical procedure that separated a pair of conjoined twins. If that piqued attendees’ interest, there were plenty of opportunities at RSNA for a little hands-on exposure to 3D printing technology.

Another area to watch is computer-aided detection. This technology has been buzzworthy for years, but the applications seem to be expanding. Researchers have put it to the test against a number of different types of cancer, and now efforts are expanding to apply the same principles in cardiovascular and musculoskeletal imaging.

Economic prognosticators have taken notice of the growth in advanced visualization technologies. Forecasters with MarketsandMarkets recently predicted the global advanced visualization market to hit $2.8 billion by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 10.9 percent from 2015 to 2020.

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-Evan Godt 
Editorial Director