Stratasys and Vital exhibiting 3D printing and medical imaging at RSNA 2016 – TCT Magazine
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Vital Images RSNA 2016
Vital Images exhibiting at RSNA 2016
Stratasys and Vital Images, a Minneapolis-based enterprise medical imaging and informatics company, are collaboratively exhibiting 3D printing and the automated segmentation of medical images at the Radiological Society of North America 2016.
The exhibition, which commenced yesterday (November 27th) and runs until December 2nd, features the work of radiologists of around the world. Both Stratasys and Vital are occupying their own respective booths and presenting their technologies.
As healthcare organisations go on to appear to 3D printing and automated segmentation to improve patient care and efficiency, Vital are seeking to involve themselves with 3D innovation. Vital’s Vitrea Advanced Visualisation software provides multi-modality, automated segmentation tools to generate 3D versions of DICOM 3D datasets. This software converts CT, MR and XA images to stereolithography (STL) files which are compatible with 3D printing equipment. At RSNA, Vital can be displaying a range of anatomical versions can be displayed and versions can be printed live via a Stratasys printer.
The Stratasys and Vital partnership has birthed 3D printing packages which contain Vitrea software and 3D printing equipment which allow customers to expedite implementation of their 3D printing initiatives. Customers can select of different types of packages which combine best-in-class DICOM editing software and auto-segmentation algorithms with next-generation 3D printing equipment. These solutions are being sold by both the Vital and Stratasys sales teams.
“Automated segmentation and STL creation have been integrated into Vital software for years and our partnership with Stratasys allows for customers to take full advantage of these next-generation capabilities,” said Jim Litterer, President and CEO of Vital Images. “We encourage those attending RSNA to stop by the Vital booth for live demonstrations of how segmentation can speed up the workflow of STL creation.”
Vital are actually offering their 3D Print On-Demand service, enabling health organisations appearing to benefit of 3D printing without a capital investment in equipment, to send files to a global network of Stratasys 3D printing equipment. The resulting 3D versions can and so be shipped directly to the customer. Models are in addition being created on the market in a wide range of colours and materials.
Ritu Gill, M.D., M.P.H., director of imaging research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has been via 3D innovation for years, believing it not just improves his medical service but in addition allows for him to advantageous explain procedures to patients.
“For years I have been via 3D software for all of my challenging clinical cases in my surgical planning and quantitative assessment of tumour volume in lung tumours,” said Gill. “It offers accurate segmentation of anatomical and pathological structures, which include airway, vasculature and bones of images, and and so converts them to versions which and so can be printed. Not just do 3D versions allow for surgical planning and a multidisciplinary discussion, but they in addition allow me to show patients the version and explain our team’s surgical approach.”
Stratasys are in addition enthused by the role 3D innovation can play in the medical industry. The General Manager of Stratasys’ Healthcare Solutions, Scott Rader in addition thinks their collaborative efforts alongside Vital RSNA can assist to increase the inclusion of 3D innovation in healthcare.
“Physicians and allied healthcare personnel are appearing for solutions to simplify the workflow of 3D printing in a hospital,” said Rader. “When you combine the power of Vitrea software with Stratasys multi-material, full-colour printing, a doctor can rapidly move of patient imaging to simulating both complex and soft tissue, and in addition differentiate tissues via vibrant colour in a single print. This partnership can accelerate the adoption of 3D in hospitals by combining Vital Images’ Vitrea software which physicians use each day with powerful Stratasys printing equipment.”
Stratasys and Vital can be located in booths North Hall #6360 and #7356 all week, respectively.