Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The system uses the concept of an augmented reality magic mirror to create the illusion that the user has a kind of X-ray view into her own body. Such a system can e.g. be used for education of anatomy. It uses the Microsoft Kinect to estimate the position of the user. This work has been done by Tobias Blum and Nassir Navab from the Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures & Augmented Reality (http://campar.in.tum.de/).
Monday, January 30, 2012
Josh Wall from the InfoStrat Adavanced Technology Group demos a medical imaging application that uses the InfoStrat Motion Framework
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Look at about 5.15 for a medical demonstration. He's talking about an MRI viewer there while he's showing CT but who cares.
One interesting development is a fully eye tracking operated game as shown by the movie below on youtube.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
There's an App for That... And the FDA Is Figuring Out How to Regulate It
Survey: Majority of CIOs feel positively about HIEs
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
A presentation by dr. Martin Klare of Dreve ProDiMed GmbH on the use of rapid manufacturing in dentistry. Based on the digital imaging data they design individualized models. Ceramic substructures and/or dental models are reconstructed based on these computerized models. This required development of specialized software to construct these models and to simulate procedures using the computer based on the scanned data. As an example this allows virtual design of dental models based on the digital data, and 3D reconstruction of dental implant models. Results are then used for the rapid manufacturing using dedicated, high precision, dental rapid manufacturing printers.
The software development for the modeling and planning is still very much work in progress and has to be developed further.
RapidPro 2012 - Patient specific implants produced with Additive Manufacturing Technology based on CT
Great presentation by Maikel Beerens from Xilloc Medical B.V. On patient specific implants produced with Additive Manufacturing Technology. They are a Dutch company that makes specially designed implants that are patient specific based on the CT dataset obtained from the patient. They are working on an online order system for the physician to easily construct and order the implants required. He really showed the direct application of additive manufacturing to build both the anatomical models of the patient and the actual implants based on convincing patient cases where the patient really had a large benefit from these implants. They use a hydroxy appetite coating on the implants to increase ingrowth of soft tissue.
It is difficult to get this technique accepted in medicine, but the cost reductions are significant.
AM - Additive Manufacturing.
Today I went to RapidPro 2012, a conference on rapid prototyping. In medicine this could be beneficial not only for modelling (where it is already used to model bone structures and skulls for preparation of interventions) but also for the, relatively cheap, construction of phantoms.
A presentation by Benjamin Denayer on 'additive manufacturing for dummies' showed that multiple techniques are now available to construct objects using additive manufacturing. They range in the way the model is built and the materials that are used. Also the resolution of the model varies with the different methods, up to 0.02 mm. When we would like to construct phantoms for CT or MR scanning the materials used to build the model are extremely important since they should have material properties that relate to the tissue we want to mimic.
Another challenge is that all systems are relying on CAD (Computer Aided Design) software data resulting in an STL file and not able to directly import DICOM data. The STL format contains a triangulation of the dataset resulting in a surface model of a certain resolution which can be used for the modeling.
Upcoming are the DIY systems that are cheap, open source, and easy to use.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
The implication: Adopters need to be aware of the risks they face while abstainers should consider the benefits they’re missing out on.
Check HealthImaging.com website for an article on this issue
To get access to the report you need to fill out the form here.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
AMA launches health IT tutorials for physicians
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
AJR: Quality control cuts 3D post-processing errors, preserves productivity
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
They state that many medical and dental offices plan to spend thousands of dollars buying tablet computers like the iPad in 2012, as the technology continues to shake up health care.
The finding comes from a new survey on technology-purchasing trends of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The survey, The NPD Group's third quarter SMB Technology Report, also found that three-quarters of the practices polled said they're in the market to buy.
Read more by following this link:
DOTmed.com - Survey: Medical offices will spend thousands on iPads, other tablets, next year