Equipped with FDA-approved software, a tablet computer and a pen, Doctors at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center can transform a flat CT image of a tumor and the area around it into a computerized 3D image that can be rotated or flipped using a mouse or stylus. Taking it a step further, a surgeon can put on special goggles, view the tumor in virtual reality as if it’s floating in the air, and use a hand-held controller to rotate and enlarge it to explore the organs and other structures around the tumor. Diagnostic radiologist, Dr. Larson Hsu illustrates how cutting-edge 3D Technologies are opening new pathways for treatment and improving patient care.
if you have a three D. Model of the patient's tumor, the possibilities are endless and that many potentials on how we can use three D. Technology to improve patient care. Virtual reality goggles are becoming very common and popular so we felt pretty good that we can put the patients through the model into a surgeon's hands in virtual reality. Hi, I'm dr Larson Su I'm an assistant professor of oncology in the department of diagnostic radiology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center as humans. Our primary way of comprehending ideas is by seeing something. We routinely uses a CT scanner to see what's inside the patient, but let's do a series of flattened images and that is not how we normally perceive the world. I became interested in three D imaging because I want to be able to show our fellow conditions what the disease process truly looks like in the real world. One of authorizes surgeons and another head and neck. Surgeon recently requested the three D. Model of a lower neck mass. After seeing its relationship with the surrounding great vessels in three D. They were able to make a better plan and change the surgical approach to astronomy. Three D. Printing is a relevant new training medicine and not while we adopted yet with support from our department. Sure dr Bernard Co. We were fortunate enough to receive donor funding from the Alliance Foundation To set up a dedicated three D. Printing lab at Roswell Park. So we started three D. Printing patients anatomical models this past year. Some of these are used for pre surgical planning and some are used to actually demonstrate post results. But there are actually many other interesting ways are conditions have thought of in utilizing three D printing. Besides anatomical models. For example, one of our conditions ask us if we can use the right next to me patients ct scan to reconstruct his nose within the software. We deleted the side that's deformed by the screaming cell carcinoma and mirrored so it's symmetrical within three D. Printed with about compatible material which they will cope with skin color silicone. Then the patient can wear it as a prosthesis after the nose is removed. Once you have a three D. Model, they just so many ways we can utilize it. For example, we can put these models in virtuality where our surgeons can wear VR headsets to view the models with depth perception as if it's right in front of them within virtuality they can use their hands to grab those models, rotate them to inspect them better as well as making bigger or smaller. In addition to helping our colleagues out through the imaging program can help the patient themselves to understand his or her own disease better when seeing in three D. Since patients usually are not familiar with how to read a ct scan. Now they can see how big the tumors are and how the tumor is affecting the surrounding organs, virtually goggles are becoming very common and popular. Mixed reality headsets are coming out as well. I do believe. Within a decade, people will be wearing compact mixed reality glasses, probably replacing the everyday smartphones. By then it will be a very normal thing for two conditions to discuss a case together while looking at three D Holograms. Similarly, three D printing will become faster and cheaper Once it becomes reimbursable, I can see hospitals printing anatomical models. Social Guys Prosthesis. On a daily basis. If you have a page study model, the possibilities are endless. And there are many potentials on how we can improve patient care. What we used to perceive a science fiction is actually happening right now.