Cardiology: Traditional 2D diagnosis and the benefits of PS-Techs technology

Situation

We work on a daily basis in a multidisciplinary team, consisting of cardiologists and cardio-thoracic surgeons, to diagnose and treat complicated heart valvular diseases. To this end, adequate visualization of anatomy and pathology is mandatory to determine diagnosis, and formulate a surgical strategy. 2D echocardiography is up to now the cornerstone in this process.

Steven A.J. Chamuleau, MD, PhD
The benefits of PS-Medtechs technology is that the 3D workstations are the new stethoscopes of the cardiologist-of-the-future!
Steven A.J. Chamuleau, MD, PhD UMCU Medical Solution

Complication

Each individual specialist creates a virtual 3D image of the valve, based on the presented 2D images, in his own mind. However, there is no way to determine if all members of the team have identical views of the valve in mind which is essential for clinical decision making. Recently, 3D echocardiography has entered the clinical arena, but post processing these images on a 2D screen is laborious and sometimes even counter intuitive, and thus not a definite solution.

Implementation

In specific: the actual 3D images using PS-Techs technology allow all members of the team to actually see the valve. By using the free-hand plane, every desired cross section through the valve is easily obtained. Ultimately, quantification of severity (e.g. planimetry, volume rendering) might further improve the diagnostic accuracy of this modality.