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Medical Imaging & Computer Games - How to bring cutting edge 3D-graphics to surgeons

  • Published 01/03/2006
  • Last updated 08/06/2011

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How to bring cutting edge 3D-graphics to surgeons
The technology utilized in gaming is expected to emerge to a new world industry sector with a fast annual growth. This project`s scope was a closer investigation of the possible synergy effects between the two sectors medical imaging and computer games. This was facilitated in order to search for new business chances, cost savings and faster progress in the development of new medical imaging products.

Conclusions & Recommendations
By researching the current synergy possibilities between medical imaging and the gaming industries, we identified that direct cooperation was not advantageous at present. For the medical imaging industry to take advantage of technical 3D-animation expertise, other options of collaboration should be identified in order to benefit from the potential synergy perceived.

Educational Focus Important
Within research the focus should be at educational packages, with emphasis on smaller projects that can work as pre-projects and entrance tickets to later EC-projects. There should be a wider spread of the use of physical models, but the technology itself also need to develop for even more complex applications: 
An option could be more complex scanning applications, such as cardiac and combined scanner technologies where different current scanning technologies are utilized. This could for instance be the combination of Computerised Tomography scanning with Magnet Resonance (MR) scanning or Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanning.

Industrial Frontiers Hub
The indirect synergies by similar technologies are strong, and further research programmes in these areas should be implemented. Three areas should be especially in focus: namely haptic design of implants, simulation and rapid manufacturing of implants.

The Nordic countries are industrial frontiers in computer games, haptic technologies and rapid manufacturing of implants; by allocating additional
research funding, world-leading possibilities are within reach. 

It is recommended that research programmes in the Nordic countries highlight
the complete road from simulators in surgeon education, pre-operational
planning and implant design, - to implant manufacturing by Rapid manufacturing technologies. By building on these areas where the Nordic region already is strong, we could position ourselves even stronger for the future.

Project start: January 2005 
Project end: December 2005

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