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Comparing medical images better

Comparing medical images better | healthcare technology |

Combining multiple medical images from one patient can provide important information. This is not always easy to do with the naked eye. This is why we need software that can compare different medical images. To do so, so-called image registration methods are used, which basically compute which point in one image corresponds to which point in another image.


Current solutions are often not always suitable for use in a medical setting, which is why AMC and CWI together with companies Elekta and Xomnia will develop a new image registration method.


Suppose you have multiple CT and/or MRI images of a patient, made at different points in time. Medical staff wants to compare these images, for example to see how certain irregularities have developed over time. But these images are often fundamentally different (e.g., patients never lie in a scanner in the exact same manner) and when different imaging methods are used this is even more complicated.


So how can one determine precisely what has changed?


With the software that is currently available this can be very hard, or even impossible, to accomplish in practice.


This project has 2 major challenges. The models and algorithms for large deviations have to be improved. Next to that, the software has to be designed so that it is intuitive to use and helps medical practitioners get the results they want. By combining new deformable image registration models and algorithms with machine learning, the software can be trained on example cases to work even better. The focus of the project will be on supporting better radiotherapy treatment, with validations in the real world (i.e., the clinic), but the method will also be applicable to other (medical) areas.


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Healthcare moving towards better patient experience: Is digital the answer?

Healthcare moving towards better patient experience: Is digital the answer? | healthcare technology |

Today in the highly digital world that we have come to live in, the experience has to be extended to the consumer’s devices: namely mobile phones, tablets and personal computers delivered on the backbone of the World Wide Web.

So in this era where consumers have come to expect more from their brands, are patients correct in demanding a better user experience from their care providers?

Healthcare organizations are aware of this expectation and they are also aware that physicians and their allied co-workers need a better medium to communicate and collaborate among them. This not only leads to a better experience for all but also is critical as hospitals continue to drive better clinical outcomes.

One of the aspects of digital engagement is providing an exceptional web experience, whether it is providing physicians with real time data and reports on the cases they are following or engaging patients with education that can help them manage their health better.

The digital experience can help in achieving the following

1)      Provide a platform for better collaboration between physicians. Also this helps in increasing consultations between experts who are not necessarily collocated but still need a visual to make a better diagnosis.

2)      Accentuates the sharing of information between hospitals and even between various departments of the same  hospital.

3)      Leveraging the existing hospital information to give a visual picture to the patients on education and how they can leverage the hospital and its facilities to the best of its ability.

4)      Running extensive 360 degree programs involving various departments like surgery, nutrition and physiotherapy.

5)      Providing a mechanism for better healthcare management.

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Art Jones's curator insight, February 24, 2014 4:58 PM

If Healthcare simply listened to the marketplace they would know what FORBES discovered when they surveyed seeking to understand consumer trends in 2014. Here is what the found:


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