With yearly breakthroughs of modern medicine, health issues are becoming easier to predict and 4D images will revolutionize heart care to further add to the cause. GE Healthcare have developed a software able to construct clear, life-like images that will make it easier and vastly more efficient for cardiologists to detect heart defects or conditions.
The new program, called cSound, uses similar technology to that of submarines scanning the oceans and seas for obstacles to come their way. The cardiovascular ultrasound will work just as precisely in the process of diagnosis heart problems by mapping out textures, colors, depth and movement.
cSound is a great improvement over the traditional ultrasound previously used for detecting heart issues in patients. Its soon-to-be predecessor provides images of only slices through beamforming, essentially forcing doctors to add them together in their own mind to create an accurate 3D image, which might lead to missed out details.
GE Healthcare has provided a software which can rule out human error, that is unfortunately and understandably possible in some cases. The program analyses all the data received through the ultrasound, processing information in a matter of 4.7 gigabytes per second.
It enables it to discard unusable details, save information it does not recognize and intelligently use the data it does know to render an accurate, stunning 4D representation of human organs. The software stores all the information and uses built-in algorithms and color maps in order to create an image as close to life as possible, by assigning each type of heart tissue a different color.
The videos were reportedly so detailed that cardiologists could detect blood flow restrictions or clots simply by looking at the final result. This could greatly improve diagnosing, as well as ruling out the need for additional testing, as it was claimed to be as good as cutting open and glancing into the person’s chest themselves.
It’s not the first 4D software of its kind, as another has been advertised through hospitals, targeting parents who wish for a clearer image of their children before they are born. It enables them to a 3D view of the fetus, though there are some clear differences to adjust the use from indulging curiosity to practical diagnosing.
While programs used by obstetricians disregard textures and mono-colorizes the representation in order to look more pleasing for future parents, the cSound analyses images to their core textures and details that could proof crucial. Cardiologists are justifiably less concerned with aspect and more inclined toward wishing for clearer images to better differentiate between tissues.
Another compelling argument is that the cSound is completely safe. Unlike x-rays, ultrasounds pose no risk and, thus, the patient can remain under it for as long and as often as needed.
The technology is set to bring forth hopes for the future that diagnosing will be easier, more efficient and faster, which is the golden condition to better treatment and higher chances of a healthier life.
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