Advanced Visualization

Using computer-extracted features to improve prostate cancer diagnosis at MR imaging has powerful potential, but what features are best to discriminate cancer from benign disease?

Medical images are not just profoundly useful at advancing care, they can also be quite beautiful. An example of art meeting medical research was recently put on display at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria.

Robot-assisted surgery and MR-guided procedures are two advances that are transforming medicine. The two are difficult to mix, however, given the strong magnetic fields of MRI scanners.

The University of Illinois and Carle Health System have begun work on testing MR elastography (MRE) for those with epilepsy and brain tumors.

When cardiologists from Washington University in St. Louis were preparing to treat a toddler whose heart vessels were located in a position that made it tough for the child to breathe, they didn’t just rely on imaging. In another example of the power of 3D printing, the surgeons created a life-sized replica of the young boy’s heart.

When the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) installed a CT scanner in their mortuary in 2005, it quickly became apparent how performing imaging exams on the dead could benefit the living.

A typical MRI scan isn’t able to capture enough frames per second to really see the intricately detailed movements of the dozens of muscles involved in speech or singing. However, a new technique being used at the University of Illinois isn’t your typical MRI scan.

What’s behind those baby blue eyes of infants when they feel pain? Turns out, their still-developing brains are processing pain in a manner similar to adults, according to an MRI study from Oxford University.

A three-year-old startup, Butterfly Network, recently announced $100 million in funding to create a new handheld device that the company says will make MRI and ultrasounds cheaper and more efficient.

A Chinese statue of the Buddha, exhibited at the Drents Museum in The Netherlands, had a secret hidden inside—the mummified remains of a Buddhist monk who died around 1100 AD.

Technology has enabled researchers to examine scorched papyrus scrolls destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD, according to a report published Jan. 20 by the BBC.

Most would consider a do-it-yourself project to be something pretty straightforward: staining the deck, building a new shelf, or any number of small-scale projects. For Michael Balzer, however, do-it-yourself includes helping plan a tumor removal procedure that saved his wife’s eyesight. And it was all possible thanks to 3D printing.