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Medical Imaging


The integration of modalities is already paying off. A technology for the interventional placement of aortic valves has recently been bolstered by the addition of pre-operative CT data. The resulting product, syngo.CT Valve PilotTM, not only automatically segments the aortic valve and related structures from a CT scan, but provides measurements, such as the radius of the valve, which are essential for planning and conducting an intervention.


Meanwhile, another technology, which is known as “eSieFusionTM imaging”, overlays live ultrasound images on previously-acquired 3-D CT and MR image sets. The technology, which is now available on Siemens' ACUSON S3000TM ultrasound systems, is used to guide a biopsy needle to its target with enhanced confidence. Ultrasound will eventually also be integrated with CT and X-ray images to support the placement of aortic valves, says Ionasec.


Data Fusion Goes Mobile


In addition to the integration of multiple clinical modalities, researchers at Siemens Corporate Technology have their sights set on making such images available wherever they are needed in real-time. “Rather than having a huge screen with separate views of the area to be treated,” says Yu, “we have come to the conclusion that it is more practical and comfortable to have a single, integrated image that is portable.” Such an image could be available on a stand-mounted tablet or could even appear in a head-mounted device. The latter would support the integration of visual and mental activity with hand-eye coordination and might even be used in an augmented reality context, thus allowing a surgeon to superimpose diagnostic information on his/her actual field of view.


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HOSPITAL & HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT VOL. 3 ISSUE 3 August 2014


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