HOW DIGITALIZATION OF MEDICAL IMAGING TOOLS IS RESHAPING HEALTHCARE
We’re all aware how digital imaging makes diagnosis faster and precise. Now, it is even being applied for prognostic purposes, and in assessing how patients respond to treatment. Just when you think these devices couldn’t get any more useful – along comes digitalization. It enables these machines to improve patients’ experiences. It will also guarantee the growth of imaging modalities in the Global Advanced Visualization Market.
Digital detectors are now being built into CT and PET devices. These improve how devices locate infections, lesions, and tumors – even the tiniest ones that are hidden deep inside the human body. It can do all of this in half the time that is usually taken for scanning.
3D visualization is revolutionizing radiology
With three dimensional images, doctors will be able to view organs, tissues, bones, and blood vessels from all angles, and in better resolution, while reducing the amount of radiation that patients are exposed too.
But machines this powerful rely on networking advancements – not just to produce sharper, clearer images, but to process huge volumes of data, move images, and download and print them as well. Improvements in networking and devices that host clouds imply that individual cases can be used by other healthcare facilities which have access to the information.
Another area where significant improvement has been noted is in slice counts, as produced by MRIs and ultrasounds. Earlier, radiologists would only get around four to sixteen slices, painstakingly, over several sessions. The computerized infrastructure has changed since then and it is now possible to get hundreds, or even thousands of these slices for one study.
The aim to perfect these MRI/ultrasound slices is to improve the resolution of the entire image and eventually build accurate 3D models.
Although it might seem like it, medical imaging experts are of the opinion that advanced visualization is yet to reach its peak. They believe that hospitals could benefit from the increased speed and power of these machines. Most of these machines are expensive; the technology is yet to be scaled down to create devices that are more affordable, but just as effective.