How 3-D Imaging is Innovating Modern Medicine

3D-Imaging-Plastic-Surgery3-D imaging via medical diagnostic tools such as MRIs and CT scanning is completely revolutionizing modern medicine.

As these medical devices become increasingly more precise at an accelerating rate, they are providing doctors with more finely-detailed, high resolution 3-D imaging of their patients with each passing year.

At the same time as the rapid increase in the sensitivity and resolution of these modern imaging devices, the processing power of digital computation has continued its exponential growth in price-performance year over year, allowing physicians to render and analyze the data from 3-D imaging all the more effectively.

 

Innovations in 3-D Imaging Resolution

By contrast to the incremental improvements of medical techniques over the centuries, and even to radiography during the decades of the 20th century, in recent years the improvements to medical imaging are coming fast and making a difference by orders of magnitude.

A little over a year ago researchers at MIT announced they had developed an algorithm that exploits light polarization to boost the depth resolution of conventional 3-D imaging technology by 1,000 times.

Researchers say the technique is so promising that it could bring this technology to your pocket: “The technique could lead to high-quality 3-D cameras built into cellphones, and perhaps to the ability to snap a photo of an object and then use a 3-D printer to produce a replica.”

 

3-D Image Processing Speed

A high resolution imaging device has little useful application without the processing speed to match it. Processing power is essential to creating the images and manipulating the data in quality diagnostic scans made by imaging devices.

And it’s not only the rapid pace of improvement in the brute force of computer processing power that’s been essential to 3-D imaging innovation in recent years. It’s the implementation of software solutions that can use that power to effectively reconstruct volumetric data.

There’s also the configuration of hardware processing power in a way that’s effective and efficient for the kind of computation involved in 3-D imaging, such as the incorporation of GPUs (graphical processing units) like those used by gaming software to create better images faster than CPUs can.

 

Machine Learning and Modern 3-D Imaging

One innovator in the field, Mountain View, Calif.-based EchoPixel is helping surgeons take the guesswork out of surgical planning by allowing them to create a 3-D image from patient-imaging data and manipulate it in a virtual environment— to remove tumors, dissect tissues, or measure blood vessels. The technology is allowing physicians to get a more accurate view of their patients’ anatomy.

Furthermore, with the application of machine learning, the software records the clinician’s interactions with the 3-D imaging data, so other doctors can learn from the same steps and methodology. The software is compatible for use on different hardware devices, including wearable tech such as Google Glass, so it can be used in an operating room.

 

How 3-D Imaging is Saving Lives

An ounce of prevention: Along with life-saving advancements to surgery prep for critical surgeries that doctors perform on vital tissues and organs, 3-D imaging is saving lives in the critical field of medical diagnostics.

The use of modern computer 3-D images made from a composite of multiple 2-D radiographic images using tracers and contact dyes has allowed doctors to view a comprehensive image of a patient’s body and observe minor anomalies that would have otherwise gone undetected, providing vital early warning signs of potential health problems.

 

And Making Lives Better

With today’s level of sophistication in computer 3-D imaging technology, its use in medical practice has also found an ever-expanding role to play in helping doctors improve the quality and results of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

For patients seeking facial implants to improve the proportions or enhance the contours of their face, the computer era has made it possible for facial implants to be perfectly tailored to a patient’s face.

Custom implants made using 3-D imaging and computer-aided drafting look smoother, rounder, and anatomical, and allow facial reconstructive surgeons to correctly perceive the interaction of all facial features to create a balanced, well-proportioned face.

Dr. Binder was an early innovator in this field, noticing at first that facial implants of the time were not quite right, or as he would say: “non-anatomic.”

 

Pioneering Facial Contouring and 3-D Imaging

Before bringing the possibilities of high-resolution 3-D scanning, efficient digital rendering and imaging, and computer-aided drafting to fruition in facial reconstruction techniques, Dr. Binder did not see facial implants achieving the desired results he was striving to attain.

By innovating a system capable of fabricating custom-designed facial implants to a high degree of precision, Dr. Binder was able to pioneer a technique that allows the reconstruction of most facial contour defects with a higher degree of accuracy and better results than were ever before possible.

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When to Consider Lip Augmentation Surgery

Having full lips is very attractive and among the most popular beauty trends today. But unfortunately, not everyone is born with luscious lips. Thanks to modern science, you are no longer left to simply accept the lips you are born with. The good thing is, there are plenty of options that will help improve your lips’ appearance. The most common procedure to do this is getting a lip augmentation surgery.

Lip augmentation is a procedure wherein fillers like collagen and fats are injected into your lips as well as around the mouth to increase its volume and shape. It is also done to reduce wrinkles around the mouth area while improving the contour of the lips with respect to other facial features.
There are different ways for cosmetic surgeons to perform lip augmentation surgery and these methods vary depending on your goals. For instance, fat transfers are an injection of fat obtained from liposuction and injected into your lips. Other lip augmentation methods include a dermal graft, lip implant, and lip lift.

The lip augmentation procedure can result in better-looking lips. But how do you define a good-looking lip? First, the cupid’s bow, or the center of the lips, should be well-defined while the lower lip should be fuller than the upper lip.

A good candidate for lip augmentation should have a good overall health. Suffering from medical conditions such as oral herpes, lupus, and blood-clotting disorders are warning signs that you shouldn’t get this procedure done. While lip augmentation is considered as one of the easiest out-patient cosmetic surgical procedure, not everyone should or can get it. So, how do you identify if you are a good candidate for lip augmentation? Read on!

If You Have Thin Lips

Most people are born with naturally thin lips. If your lips are thin, such that they disappear especially when you smile, then you can get a lip augmentation to improve their shape and volume. It is important to note that your doctor will not just blow up your thin lips and make it fuller. The doctor needs to deal with certain landmarks on your lips and will augment them specifically so that the end result are natural-looking and highly attractive lips.

People who have thin lips will usually get hyaluronic acid fillers injected in their lip area. Hyaluronic acids are naturally found in the skin including fat and collagen. Thus, they provide suppleness, firmness and even moisture to the skin.

If You Are in Your Late Thirties

Once you get to your late thirties, your lips will become less plump and thinner looking. Having thinner lips is part of the natural process of aging. If you are not happy with how your lips look now, you can opt for lip augmentation to improve the way your lips look.

Most beauty trends today revolve around symmetry and balance. Remember that lip augmentation is also carried out with other cosmetic procedures to create a harmonious balance within the face. Since the lips may not be the only problematic area on your face that needs cosmetic attention, the surgeon might also need to deal with wrinkles around the mouth and may also need to add fillers to the cheek areas. The thing is, it may look unbalanced if you have lip augmentation done, yet your cheeks and eyes look hollowed and sunken.

If You Feel Conscious About Your Lips

If your lips are causing you self-confidence issues, then it is high time that you should consider getting lip augmentation. Getting this procedure will help you save a lot of time and effort defining your lips with cosmetics to shape it the ideal way you want it to look. Getting a lip augmentation can help you improve your self-confidence.

However, you need to understand that since the hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the body, the effects of lip augmentation can be temporary. This is especially true if you discontinue getting them. Make sure that you work with your cosmetic surgeon so that he or she can recommend what kind of procedure to get and how often it needs to be redone if it is temporary. If you don’t repeat the process, then your lips will retract to its original shape and you will end up suffering a double dose of confidence issues.

If You Think Having a Fuller Lips Will Balance Your Face

There are times when you look in the mirror and instantly begin thinking that there is something wrong with your face. If you think that having fuller lips can help you achieve the facial balance that you desire, then go ahead and proceed with a lip augmentation.

Gorgeous lips are at the top of the list as far as 2017 beauty trends go. But, you need to consider some things such as your doctor may need to assess your facial features so that he or she can decide on how to go about the lip augmentation. This will help the end result of your facial features to look proportioned. Don’t forget this, a reliable and good doctor will not just pump in the fillers without studying your face first.

Dr. Binder’s surgery center in Beverly Hills is often considered the best option for solutions regarding facial cosmetic surgery. Our office is dedicated to establishing proper communication with prospective patients. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for lip augmentation surgery in our Beverly Hills office.