Working with 4D image data to create accurate patient-specific models has often been a challenge due to having to deal with each time step in isolation. Simpleware ScanIP Medical now offers full 4D image support, allowing you to easily:
When working with Cardiac image data, import full (or selected parts) of a time series through a simple dialogue box, allowing you to preview the heart images and any patient information before import. A range of 4D image data formats can be imported including DICOM, stacks of images, raw files, etc.
Once imported, each time frame can be viewed in the 2D slice view or in 4D using the 4D Frame toolbox. In 2D, you can use the Cine mode to view the heart pumping in all three orthogonal directions simultaneously or chose one view and compare two different time steps (and cycle through these as required).
In 3D, you can use Cine mode with background volume rendering or the segmented image data or model. When using background volume rendering, you can combine this option with the new masking feature to hide the ribs or unwanted parts or organs which are present in the image data. Zoom or rotate these cycling animations to see the heart function and understand its performance.
4D automatic heart segmentation for all time steps can be performed using Simpleware AS Cardio, which also includes automatic anatomical landmarking for each time step. Alternatively, new presets have been added to the Split regions tool for a range of anatomies, including the heart, to further speed up any semi-manual approach and quickly building a robust model.
Once the segmentation is complete, the results can be used for a range of applications:
4D image support adds a great advantage for those using time-stepped data for cardiology and a wide range of other fields. Being able to build accurate patient-specific models which show the heart function will not only aid diagnosis but also improve pre-surgical planning and patient communication.
For existing customers, please visit SolvNetPlus to download the new version. Please be aware that the format of the installer has changed - see the installation guide and contact Simpleware support for further help and information.
If you would like to try Simpleware S-2021.06, download a fully functional trial version: