Using 3D Technology to Improve Medical Diagnosis and Treatment

Scientists and doctors are focusing on 3D technology so as to make it easy to diagnose and treat complicated conditions. This was evident in a procedure that involved removing a tumor from the kidney.

3D technology is normally associated with architecture, engineering, automotive, crafts and other industries. However, this may soon change following a successful operation that helped deal with a complicated case of kidney tumor.

Doctors at the Intermountain Medical Center working in collaboration with scientists from the Transformation Laboratory at Intermountain Health Care Center relied on 3D rendering to diagnose the extent of a tumor that had affected Linda Green.

The growth was located in a hard-to-reach area that is referred to as the “Business Section” which made it almost impossible to know the extent of tumor and how best to remove it.CT-Scan This zone is near the ureter, artery and other veins and the wrong procedure may lead to extensive and irreversible damage.

Led by Dr Jay Bishop, Director at the Urological Institute of the Intermountain Medical Center and Talmage Shill, a radiologist at the same institute, the doctors turned to 3D imaging to replicate what was happening and understand how best to deal with the situation.

The procedure took place at the Transformation Laboratory, a one-of-its-kind laboratory that uses the latest technologies such as 3D rendering. Assisted by Billy Prows and Cory Smill, both scientists from the laboratory, the team was able to replicate two halves of the kidney.

Closer examination of the kidney indicated that the tumor was located at a very sensitive area and mainly affected a small hub that connects to the part where urine is collected inside the kidney. To successfully remove it, the procedure had to be done carefully to avoid damaging the surrounding region which contains lots of blood arteries, veins and nerve endings.

Using a standard CT scan would have been quite a challenge and most likely the doctors would have missed some crucial details which would have undermined the mode of treatment. The CT scan is designed to work in areas that are easy to view.

According to Dr Bishop, the 3D model provided clear and vital images of the entire kidney and made it easy to diagnose and treat the affected kidney. In addition to helping the doctors and scientists prepare for the procedure, the technology also helped save the life of Linda Green.