Image: A 3D CT scan visualized via the Anatomage Cloud platform (Photo courtesy of Anatomage).
An innovative image-sharing platform allows any doctor to easily send a medical image for instant review to any other doctor.
The Anatomage (San Jose, CA, USA) Cloud universal medical image sharing platform allows doctors to share medical images for instant review on any digital device by using a web browser-based three dimensional (3D) digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) viewer, with no added software installation needed to view the image. Provided free to medical professionals for basic use, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant service obviates the need for CDs or USBs.
Although originally designed in response to the growing number of specialists that utilize cone beam computerized tomography (CBCT) imaging, the service can now be used to share images from any imaging modality that uses DICOM as a standard format, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). When used in conjunction with the company’s Invivo6 workstation software, Cloud enables users to rely on no other software tools or managing files.
“The increased use of 3D CBCT scanners in dental, medical, and even veterinary practices has resulted in more patient 3D scans and the desire to collaborate with 3D images,” said David Skoff, business development manager of Anatomage. “For instance, an oral surgeon and orthodontist need to view the same patient scan to develop their treatment plan together. The process of sending the scan between offices by CD or USB is slow and cumbersome, but is typical because the file size is large and it requires dedicated viewing software.”
“Anatomage Cloud solves both of these problems because it allows the doctor to send the case quickly and provides viewing capability on any device with a web browser-based 3D DICOM viewer,” added Mr. Skoff. “This technology enhances the speed and ease of collaboration for dental specialists, medical professionals, veterinarians, chiropractors, ENT specialists, and more. Anatomage Cloud opens the door to the most comprehensive network of medical and dental collaboration through 3D visualization.”