Implementations of 3D Technology in Medical Imaging – Part 1

From the early days of CT scanners and mammography devices, medical imaging has come a long way. With the help of 3D medical imaging, healthcare professionals can now access new angles, resolutions and details that offer an all-around better understanding of the body part in question, all while cutting the dosage of radiation for patients.


As doctors seek to study complex regions of the body, a new technology known as cinematic rendering can help. Dr. Eliot Fishman, director of diagnostic imaging and body CT and professor of radiology and radiology science at Johns Hopkins Medicine has developed a technology that produces photorealistic images by merging 3D CT or 3D MRI scans with volumetric visualization as well as other computer-generated imagery technology. Navigating through surgery and planning treatment, it aids doctors when diagnosing illnesses. Cinematic rendering allows healthcare professionals to see much more of the texture of the anatomy.

Cinematic rendering provides a better look at the texture of tumours, much like how ray tracing makes a person’s skin look more real and porous in the movies, which can provide more information for doctors to determine whether or not a tumour is cancerous.

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