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New Software Tools Combine VR and 3D Model Printing

By MedImaging International staff writers
Posted on 28 Feb 2017
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Image: A new set of software tools is intended to help clinicians visualize and interact with 3D models of patient specific anatomy, and print them in 3D (Photo courtesy of EchoPixel).
Image: A new set of software tools is intended to help clinicians visualize and interact with 3D models of patient specific anatomy, and print them in 3D (Photo courtesy of EchoPixel).
EchoPixel announced the new True 3D print support software tools for users of their US FDA-Approved True 3D Viewer software. The True 3D Viewer converts existing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT) and other 3D-modality Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) images into Virtual Reality (VR) objects. Clinicians can use the VR viewer to move, dissect, turn and open the 3D images of the patient anatomy.

The addition of the True 3D print software tools will help clinicians print the specific anatomy and orientation of the 3D models that they want, and improve collaboration between members of surgical teams, enhance pre-operative planning, perform mirror-image modeling, practice on models, and for patient education.

Cardiologist Steve Muyskens, MD, Cook Children's Medical Center, said, "We're excited to establish 3D virtual viewing as part of our 3D program. Having this technology, in addition to 3D printing capabilities, allows Cook Children's cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons to improve the planning of complex procedures and surgeries. We believe this approach will eventually lead to less time in the operating room and fewer complications."


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