Drug Discov Ther. 2014;8(2):96-97. (DOI: 10.5582/ddt.8.96)

Three-dimensional imaging technology offers promise in medicine.

Karako K, Wu Q, Gao JJ


Medical imaging plays an increasingly important role in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Currently, medical equipment mainly has two-dimensional (2D) imaging systems. Although this conventional imaging largely satisfies clinical requirements, it cannot depict pathologic changes in 3 dimensions. The development of three-dimensional (3D) imaging technology has encouraged advances in medical imaging. Three-dimensional imaging technology offers doctors much more information on a pathology than 2D imaging, thus significantly improving diagnostic capability and the quality of treatment. Moreover, the combination of 3D imaging with augmented reality significantly improves surgical navigation process. The advantages of 3D imaging technology have made it an important component of technological progress in the field of medical imaging.

KEYWORDS: Three-dimensional imaging technology, endoscope, augmented reality, surgical navigation

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