Advanced visualization assists diagnostic workflow

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Adding advanced visualization capabilities to a practice can not only increase diagnostic certainty for many studies, its application can speed the diagnostic ability of the interpreting physician—resulting in greater referrer and patient satisfaction as well as increased workflow throughput.

For example, the deployment of advanced visualization technology in cardiology has enabled the capability to look at 3D representations through time, essentially delivering a 4D image: three dimensions in space, one dimension in time.

This has allowed practices to add coronary CT angiography (CCTA) to their service lines, providing the capability to positively impact workflow, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes.

It’s not just CT studies that can benefit from the addition of advanced visualization applications, the interpretation of MRI exams can also become less labor intensive with its utilization.

The development of a 3D segmentation and computerized volumetry technique is reliable relative to manual segmentation for use in the assessment of neurofibromatosis detected with MRI, according to a team of scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf in Hamburg, Germany.

Their work demonstrated that tumor volumetry of nerve sheath tumors paired with whole-body MR imaging may become an important tool for use in assessing tumor burden and monitoring tumor response to treatment.

In other news, if you or your group is interested in finding out more about the capabilities of advanced visualization technology and how it can extend the reach of diagnostic imaging, 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
jbatchelor@trimedmedia.com