During a surgery planning conference, a surgeon wrestles with conventional imaging, such as the image pictured right, to determine the ideal pathway to resect a hard to reach tumor in an older patient. She understands that relying on CT scans and MRIs can be limiting.
From 3D Printing to VR/AR: Simple Connection?
The same, but different:
My journey in 3D imaging began with 3D Printing as I searched for a way to show the visually complex Diffusion Tensor Imaging data obtained from my research in pediatric kidney transplants.
Augmented reality (AR) is a powerful application that allows physicians to visualize and interact with patient data. By definition, augmented reality is a real-time interactive experience of the real-world environment using computer-generated perceptual information. The information can be overlaid by adding to or masking from the real-world environment.
As a Radiologist I was trained to build complex 3-dimensional models in my mind as I read a stack of 2-dimensional CT or MRI images. Currently, however, the way I must ultimately convey this information is through a written radiology report or an in-person review.