3-D For Doctors
Atlanta Business Chronicle
May 11, 2001
Atlanta-based 3dMD began marketing in April a new imaging device that captures medically accurate images of the human torso. The DSP800 will assist surgeons with cosmetic and reconstructive breast procedures. The company also produces a smaller, portable device, the DSP400, which captures images of the face.
The DSP800 will help physicians communicate with patients using 3-D images of their patient’s body altered to show what their body could look like after surgery. 3dMD is working with Emory University on applications of this technology with post-mastectomy patients.
Executive at 3dMD envision surface imaging technology being used throughout the medical field as a general imaging tool- much like a CT scan- within the next five years.
“In short term, we’ve picked a number of more compelling areas where the economics are more suited to this in order to really start to encourage doctors to use this technology,” said CEO Christopher Lane.
3dMD’s parent company, London-based 3Q Technologies, is also working on nonhealth-care applications of its 3D imaging technology. A sister company is trying consumer booths that allow participants to upload their images into a computer game.