Houston hospital taps Ziosoft for surgical, RT planning
The Methodist Hospital in Houston plans to deploy PhyZiodynamics from Ziosoft to produce 3D and 4D images based on CT, MR and PET scans of the brain, lungs and other organs at the facility’s Plato’s CAVE (Computerized Augmented Visual Environment).

Plato’s CAVE at Methodist provides physicians a fully dimensional look into a patient’s internal anatomy and visualize, in multiple dimensions, a treatment plan for surgery or other treatment.

“The ability to produce 3D images with such high fidelity motion coherence will enable us to obtain reliable 4D motion analysis data for planning surgical and therapeutic patient outcomes. The next logical step is to develop reproducible, functional analysis of this motion, through the blending of multiple image parameters yielding, hopefully, even greater diagnostic value,” said E. Brian Butler, MD, chairman of radiation oncology at Methodist and founder of Plato’s Cave.

One particular area of interest to Butler and his radiation therapy treatment team is the ability to refine a treatment plan and to interactively guide and, if necessary, deform the radiation dose for tumors to avoid compromising functional pathways within the brain accounting for each patient’s anatomical structure.

PhyZiodynamics software, developed by Redwood, Calif.-based Ziosoft, provides algorithms for functional imaging analysis in multiple dimensions. Ziosoft’s open-standard software technology utilizes lossless image data to ensure data fidelity at times for DICOM imaging modalities, the developer of functional imaging visualization software added.