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Virtual Colonoscopy

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Virtual Colonoscopy is a relatively new field in radiology. Colonscopy was a very unpleasant experience before, in which the physician passed a camera on a flexible tube through the anus. Today this can be done in the radiology department with a xray-scan of the colon (without penetrating the body).

This week I visited some application specialists at Philips in Best. They showed me how a virtual colonoscopy works. All data for the 3D model was acquired during a body scan of the patient. I was impressed by the visualization. It is basically a flight through the colon, but you can see in all directions at the same time. This makes it possible to look behind corners and ledges without changing the viewing direction.

Here you can see a screenshot and the cube on the right is showing all 6 viewing directions (I marked it accordingly on the screenshot of the colonoscopy).

colon endoscopy


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February 6, 2009 at 16:17

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Week 1 summary

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The first week of my project was full of new information and impressions. A new place to live, a new city to explore, a new office to work in and some nice people to get to know. I haven’t seen a lot of Eindhoven yet, but I’ve seen a lot of medical images and machines already. And that’s exactly what I am here for. I didn’t know anything about Radiologists before I came here. So I was reading a lot about them this week. Radiologists and medical imaging shaped up as something much more complex and much more interesting than I thought before.

My research was a bit unsystematic this week, mainly because I didn’t know anything before. Apart from visiting a hospital next week, I am aiming to focus on some key aspects for my research:

– Natural Interfaces, Touchscreens and beyond
– Automated Image Comparison (and artificial Intelligence and CAD)
– Image viewing, editing and enhancement
– Data Visualization (with medical 2D, 3D, 4D and 5D? data in mind)
– Healthcare 2.0 (everything goes digital: teleradiology, PACS, EMR)
– Radiologists today (workflow, human interactions, technology usage, problems etc…)
– Medical Imaging (CT, MRI, Ultrasound, Fluoroscopy, Nuclear Medicine and how these work together)
– Market research of devices and concepts

Also we visited the Philips Healthcare showroom in Best this week. I had the chance to play around with some pretty expensive scanners and with a working Radiologists Reading Room. I hope to get a set up of a reading room in our office soon. Here are some picture of the showroom:

Written by Jannes

January 25, 2009 at 17:04

Project kick-off

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This is my first week at Philips Design Healthcare in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. It’s also the first week of my master-degree project at Umea Institute of Design. I am going to work closely with Philips on the Radiologists Reading Room, based on a project Philips presented on RSNA in 2007. I haven’t designed any medical or healthcare related products in my career so far. So I have spent the first days of my research with reading about Radiologists and Medical Imaging in general. It’s a fascinating topic and a lot more complex than I’ve thought before.

RSNA 2007 – Philips Reading Room 2020

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January 22, 2009 at 13:15

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