Recent Advances in Cardiac Medical Imaging

2011-10-19
 

Cardiac Medical ImagingOnward and upward!

A recent article in Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology highlights some of the most exciting advances in medical imaging today

  • Multi-Modality. Medical imaging software increasingly allows cardiologists the ability to rapidly switch from one type of image to another or, in many cases, to see many different types of images simultaneously. The result: Faster workflows, more rapid diagnoses, and better patient care.
  • Faster Hardware and Cloud-Based Software. Both of these significantly reduce wait time while images are uploaded and make image manipulation less cumbersome. Perhaps best of all, they allow smaller healthcare organizations access to high-end advanced visualization tools.
  • Mobile Access. Cardiologists can view images and consult with one another from any place with a working internet connection. They no longer have to be near a patient’s bedside to deliver excellent patient care.
  • 3-D Modeling. Few technologies have contributed to reductions of invasive procedures than 3-D models made from CT and MRI scans. Using such models, a heart surgeon can more easily diagnose problems,  plan and carry out repairs. 3-D modeling, then, is the latest fulfillment of medical imaging’s longtime goal of understanding and treating disease without disrupting a body’s integrity.
  • 4-D Modeling, which allows cardiologists to see a heart as it moves. Because such modeling takes an enormous amount of computing power, it is still in its infancy. But the domain of supercomputers today is the functionality of laptops tomorrow, so expect this 4-D modeling to become more prevalent.
  • Radiation Dose Reduction. Long a goal of cardiologists and other medical imaging professionals, images of superior quality produced with low doses of radiation are becoming more common.

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