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Mr. Sebastian Webel
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Pictures of the Future
The Magazine for Research and Innovation

Medical Imaging

Flights through the Body: New Medical Research Visualization Technology

To see what this new research medical imaging technology can do, click the video shown below, which was presented at the 2014 Radiological Society of North America.

This video includes images of a polytrauma with multiple spinal and costal fractures, a femoral artery pseudoaneurysm with arteriovenous fistula, intracranial dual aneurysms, and an abdominal aneurysm with stent (large mesh structure). The computed tomography images used to create this video were acquired using the syngo.via Frontier platform*.

Instead of using the ray casting methods used by its competitors, Siemens has developed a novel, physically-based rendering algorithm that simulates the complex interaction of photons with a patient’s scanned anatomy to create photorealistic images and videos. This algorithm, which provides a transition from pure geometric optics simulation to quantum optics simulation, is seen by many as the holy grail of photorealistic rendering, since it can model complex lighting effects such as ambient occlusion, scattering, shadows, and high dynamic range rendering, as well as sophisticated camera models, such as variable apertures and motion blur. Siemens has applied this unique algorithm to the development of next generation medical research imaging technology on its non-clinical syngo.via Frontier platform*. In doing so, Siemens is fostering research that will create a foundation for completely new approaches to teaching and patient communication.

Arthur F. Pease
Picture credits: *Research use only. Not for clinical use.