Axial3D and GE HealthCare have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding aimed at bridging the gap between MRI images and 3D patient-specific outputs. This collaboration marks a significant step forward in the field of medical imaging and visualization, with the goal of offering healthcare professionals insight into patient anatomy and paving the way for clinicians to offer more precise diagnoses and treatment planning.
Today, 3D printing for orthopedic applications often relies on CT imaging, which exposes the patient to ionizing radiation. The parties’ goal is that the combination of GE HealthCare’s unique MRI-based oZTEo bone imaging application with Axial3D’s FDA-cleared imaging segmentation platform will enable radiation-free 3D visualizations and 3D printing of patient-specific anatomical models. This collaboration is aimed at reducing the need for up-front investments in 3D printing equipment, software, and personnel. 3D printing aids in surgical planning, enabling physicians to determine the proper size of orthopedic implants and the angle of the surgical approach. Additionally, it helps physicians gain a comprehensive understanding of each patient’s unique condition and anatomical characteristics, enhancing their ability to plan and execute surgeries with precision. Ultimately, this may reduce time spent in the operating room.
This collaboration emphasizes the important role of MRI technology in pre-surgical imaging. One long-term goal is to make 3D outputs accessible across various MRI methods in electronic and 3D printed formats, aiming to help clinicians improve outcomes through patient-specific solutions.
Both Axial3D and GE HealthCare are committed to advancing healthcare technology and enabling access to medical imaging. By harnessing the power of 3D, both companies aim to empower healthcare providers with the tools they need to lead the way in medical innovation. The goal is to transform the way in which clinicians visualize and engage with patient data, with the ultimate objective of making patient-specific care an everyday reality, ensuring patients receive the most advanced and personalized treatments available.