The world as we know it is changing at breakneck speed. Technology makes our lives more comfortable and more accessible. Innovation in one area really affects a change in healthcare. Thanks to engineering inventions in radiology, the future of medical imaging is increasingly shining. Here, three critical sectors that have been revolutionized are discussed:
Improved processing speed of image diagnostics
Get images anywhere and at the right time
Create better images with 3D
The three aspects make the diagnosis more precise, more convenient, less expensive and faster. Developments are seen as how healthcare management systems have changed the lives of hospitals and clinics. So, without further ado, let’s dive into the innovations.
- Processing speed
Researchers and companies are constantly working on procedures that speed up the processing speed of diagnostic images. Rhythm is essential to generate top quality images. To better understand the concept, think about gaming software. If it is loaded on a system which has higher power and faster processing speed, the gaming experience is better for the individual. Image diagnostic programs are similar; A faster processing unit can reconstruct images in minutes.
The latest technology in the field is known as Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). These are superior models of processors that can perform the same functions using algorithms, but in less than half the time. While a processor can take almost half an hour to build a medical image, a GPU can render it in just 6 minutes. The higher speed not only ensures that the photos look better, but also offers a distinct advantage – the speed at which the work occurs increases. The throughput of a medical imaging center improves, and therefore the return on investment is higher.
- At a good place
An excellent endoscopy image capture software that runs at lightning speed to provide the best images is of no use if it cannot be used at the right time. Therefore, the second invention that is changing the very sky of radiology is that of point-of-care imaging solutions. Such technology is extremely convenient when patients cannot be transported from one place to another due to the high risk. For example, a patient is in the intensive care unit in neuroscience. He or she cannot be taken to a CT unit without risk of complications.
Now what if a top quality imaging device could be brought into the intensive unit? Wouldn’t that be more useful? This is what point-of-care medical imaging technology does. It captures images in the right place at the right time when physicians need them. Surgeons can also use it by including the gadget in an operating room. These machines can be used in tandem with traditional radiology systems and services to make critical care better, efficient and economical.
Small medical imaging systems can be used even in small, cramped rooms of a hospital to provide enhanced patient care and experience. Patient comfort becomes a priority with such innovations.
- 3D settings
Anyone who has experienced 3D in any area of life knows that it is a marked improvement on 2D. Medical imaging is no different. The use of 3D technologies (and in the future 4D) has radically changed the images and therefore the diagnosis. A simple example of how the application of 3D imaging improves healthcare is the difference seen in soft tissue. Compared to conventional CT images, soft tissue exhibits higher contrast in 3D images. In addition, metallic artifacts that can be found inside a body have less visibility.
Another marked improvement over 2D imaging is seen in orthopedics. Using 3D solutions, sports medicine practitioners can capture weight-bearing images. Such images are vital for analysis. When combined with point-of-care technology, on-site photos can be taken to promote athlete care. Two other breakthroughs that are being researched in this area are:
Correction of patient movements
Create 3D images of any area of the body and not be limited to the extremities.
A brighter horizon
While these three pioneering concepts will undoubtedly modify the very common thread of medical imaging, other developments are underway. Scientists and engineers strive to present 3D models to doctors and surgeons. Instead of using 3D images to assess anatomy and its conditions, they will be able to touch and feel 3D visualizations. Imagine the benefits; A surgeon may have to touch a replica of an organ before performing an operation on it.
The real goal of the horizon is to reach the next dimension, i.e. 4d. Bringing a new dimension to images like matrix technology is the milestone that healthcare companies have set for themselves. The horizon is definitely shining in the world of medical imaging. The outlook for the field is going to be completely different in just a few years.
Source by Uma Nathan