MD's digital torso imager allows plastic surgeons to visually communicate with their patients Telemedicine Section

3dMD, an expert in 3D technology for healthcare, has launched its 3dMDtorso System, the first three-dimensional torso imager, for the Aesthetic Meeting 2001, hosted by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation, held early May in New York.

3dMD’s Digital Surface Photogrammetry (DSP) technology enables a health care professional to capture a digital 3D image, which on a monitor looks like a virtual sculpture of the patient, for examination and diagnosis versus just taking the two-dimensional photograph.

The 3dMDtorso System will function as a smart tool for plastic surgeons helping them to communicate visually in a 3-dimensional environment with breast cancer survivors, women with asymmetrical breasts, men with gynaecomastia, and women deciding on whether cosmetic surgery is right for them. In addition, the 3dMDtorso System will, for the first time ever, provide the plastic surgeon with surface and volume measurement data needed for the actual cosmetic and/or reconstructive breast procedure.

“With current breast surgery consultations, plastic surgeons ask their patients to provide them with photos of what they have in mind, measure their breasts with a tape measure and make educated judgments with their eyes, hands and experience”, commented Dr. Scott Newman, a New York-based plastic surgeon. “Now with 3dMD’s 3D torso imager, plastic surgeons are able to give women a better understanding of how their bodies look and could possibly look post-surgery, educating them about their procedure in a way which was never before possible.”

“With 3dMD’s new technology, you can offer patients the advantages of a 3-dimensional image which not only helps doctors communicate visually with patients, but also provides them with the pre-operative tools they need to measure surface distance and assess breast volume”, explained Dr. Ronald Downs, an Indiana-based plastic surgeon. 3dMD delivers the only imaging device capable of instantaneously acquiring in only 2 milliseconds, a medical-quality, 3-dimensional image of the human body.

“Our 3D image capture device represents the future of health care, where all patients will have a 3D representation of themselves in their electronic patient record”, stated Chris Lane, CEO of 3dMD. “Our 3D surface image, when registered with other 3D images such as CAT Scan, MRI and PET, could provide physicians with the most comprehensive 3D image available. This will be invaluable for diagnosis and treatment. Finally, the ability exists for examining the patient from the outside in utilizing a digital, measurable and electronically transmittable technology.”

A non-invasive device, the 3dMDtorso System is designed to project a random light pattern on the patient and capture her or him with precisely synchronized digital cameras set at various angles in an optimum configuration. The 3D surface geometry and surface texture of the patient are simultaneously being acquired and through sophisticated mathematical calculations, a medically accurate image is obtained digitally in 3-dimensions. 3dMD’s breast analysis software then uses the patient’s personal 3D data set to help the physician communicate outcome possibilities to the patient by morphing the breast size to view the effects of enlargement or reduction, in order to make better decisions by providing breast surface and volume measurement.

3dMD markets its medical imaging products worldwide to universities and research hospitals, private practices, and clinics for both commercial and research purposes. Some clients include University of Tübingen, Bradford Royal Infirmary, Southampton General, Chelsea and Westminster, and The Centre, P.C.



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