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Virtual autopsy table now on the market

The virtual autopsy table, a result of visualisation research at Linköping and Norrköping, is now on the market. The table, which has attracted a lot of attention around the world, will be introduced at a medical imaging exhibition in Chicago.

“From pure basic research to commercial product in five years – that’s something really unusual.” So says Anders Ynnerman, professor of image science at Linköping University and one of the people behind the spectacular discovery which will be a great help in the daily work of a clinic.

The last step in development was taken in alliance with Sectra, a medical technology company in Linköping, which is now standing behind the launch. The company has long experience with radiology and had a well-established system for medical imaging treatment, which was integrated with the software developed at the Centre for Medial Image Science and Visualisation (CMIV) at LiU.

Virtual autopsies have made the biggest headlines, but the visualisation table is also an instrument for diagnostics and preparations prior to operations on living patients. With computer tomography or magnetic camera imaging as a foundation, doctors can get a quick three-dimensional look into the body. By brushing a finger over the screen, they can rotate the picture, zoom in or out, and reveal organs.

The idea originally came from CMIV and its administrator Anders Persson, who introduced the virtual autopsies in collaboration with RMV. The table was developed at the Norrköping visualisation centre, with Thomas Rydell as the project leader. The sponsor and catalyst was C-site, a meeting place for visualisation at Norrköping Science Park.

“This is a brilliant example of how an innovation process should go,” Rydell says.

Interest in the new product is expected to be great.

“We received thousands of inquiries before we had anything to deliver,” Anders Ynnerman says.

Therese Winder 2010-12-08

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Last updated: 2011-03-01