For the past 3 years, the development team here at Singular Health has been dedicated to the design and development of our Singular Volumetric Rendering Platform. This platform allows for the conversion of Digital Imaging and Communication Of Medical (DICOM) data files from the three orthogonal views (top, side and front views) in 2D into immersive 3-dimensional models with volume, density and the ability to be viewed in Virtual Reality.
Our flagship product, MedVR, has been used in numerous hospitals and educational institutions in Australia, South Africa, Singapore and Europe. Using an Oculus Rift S headset, MedVR has provided medical practitioners with a highly capable visualisation system for surgical planning and review (non-diagnostic).
Based off the 3D toolset of MedVR, 3D Dicom Viewer 1.0 is designed to provide a lightweight 3D volumetric converter tool for use by researchers, medical students and even patients for the viewing of DICOM files in 3D. The software is not designed, nor intended, for diagnostic use or even surgical planning but rather the easier visualisation of complex anatomical structures to improve comprehension and spatial awareness of the subject of the medical images.
What Can I Use It For?
Whilst radiologists, dentists and doctors are all highly proficient in the interpretation of 2D medical imagery, patients aren’t as well versed in radiology and don’t see the world in 2D. Medical professionals are much more adept at spatial visualisation and the conversion (in their own head) of the three orthagonal views into 3D than most patients, therefore our program is primarily intended to assist non-medical people to visualise their own scans in a much more familiar 3-dimensional manner and improve their comprehension of the pathologies.
Whether a fracture or a tumor, viewing the output of the radiological images with a rotatable model in the company of a medical practitioner may be useful in understanding and coping with particular diseases and their treatments.
3D Dicom Viewer 1.0 can also be used by researchers, doctors and students to convert their images into interactive 3D models that can be viewed as images, videos and even GIFs for more engaging seminars, papers and presentation material.
As outlined above, 3D Dicom Viewer 1.0 is not intended for diagnostic use and is purely a visualisation aid.
What Are The Benefits?
3D Dicom Viewer 1.0
As seen in the video above, the process for changing the CT number is very simple. Dragging the lower end of the slider to the right increases the lowest HU visible, resulting in the occlusion of low-density tissue from the 3D render.
Should you choose to reduce the top value, this will have the opposite effect of reducing the highest HU visible which will result in the skeletal system being hidden from view and more focus being drawn to the soft-tissue areas and organs.
We recommend experimenting with the Windowing Settings, including the HU values threshold bar and the Clipping slider to understand how you can actually visualise more from your scans by hiding non-essential data.