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Monday, January 21, 2008

3d medical record


The idea is to have a rendered 3D representation of the anatomy of the patient, and to use that as a basis for the record. This is reported in IEEE Spectrum.
Visualizing Electronic Health Records With “Google-Earth for the Body” By Robert N. CharetteJanuary 2008
Andre Elisseeff leads a research team at IBM’s Zurich Research Lab that in September demonstrated a prototype system that will allow doctors to view their patients’ electronic health record (eHR) using three-dimensional images of the human body. Called the Anatomic and Symbolic Mapper Engine, the system maps the information in a patient’s eHR to a 3-D image of the human body. A doctor first clicks the computer mouse on a particular part of the image, which triggers a search of the patient’s eHR to retrieve the relevant information. The patient’s information corresponding to that part of the image is then displayed, including text entries, lab results, and medical images, such as magnetic resource imaging.
Elisseeff hopes that by “opening the computer screen to the patient, better communication between doctor and patient can occur.” He also believes that by changing the computer’s role from a physical barrier to a conversation starter that the acceptance of eHRs will increase.
One of the barriers to the adoption of EMR is that there are many different systems, and they all require training to use to maximum effect. If the interface is too complex, it will be difficult for it to become widely used.
This could be a usefull tool for comunication between medical profesionals. being able to see where the patients tumor is in a 3d space is very important in aspects like biopsys. We use MRI, CT, and ultrasound for that but this could prove an aditional benifit if it was easy to access in the patients EMR. It would give the doctors a quick look into history and show areas with pathology. I can see some usefullness to this program.

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