FiatLux, a medical visualization company out of Redmond, Washington, started by a few of Microsoft’s veteran employees, has released a software package that essentially embeds the radiology department’s workstations into your laptop or PDA. Fiat Lux is Latin for “Let there be light.”
From the FiatLux Visualize product FAQ:
FiatLux Visualize™ utilizes DirectX-based game technology to create stunning 3D models from volumetric DICOM data images from CT and MRI studies. FiatLux Visualize™ is reasonably priced, and all functions are tightly integrated in a single easy-to-use package that runs on commodity priced personal computers. Physicians who don’t have access to expensive advanced visualization or PACS workstations now have a powerful adjunctive solution at their fingertips.
FiatLux Visualize™ is ready to read CT and MRI scans the moment it is installed on a PC. FiatLux Visualize™ is compliant to the DICOM 3.0 standard for reading CT and MRI for reading CT and DICOM images as documented in the FiatLux Visualize v1.0 DICOM Conformance Statement. Support for additional image types is under development for release in future versions.
Using FiatLux Visualize™ smart memory management and depending on the image resolution in the original acquisition and the RAM of the graphics card processor on the viewing machine, FiatLux Visualize™ handles studies up to 256 slices in 3D at once.
* Data Set – select study, hide patient name, reload, hide all
* Volume/Slice – clip, scroll, remove table
* Manipulation – zoom to area, rotate, move, reset
* Appearance – window, reset window, MIP/Undo MIP settings
* View – snapshot, new view port
* History – redo, undo
Product page: FiatLux Visualize
Images: Top: Screenshot from FiatLux Visualize v1.0. Coronal Magnetic Resonance scan utilizing the time-of-flight technique of visualizing injected contrast media within the abdominal Aorta, to demonstrate the Renal arteries in maximum intensity projection (MIP), segmented and clipped into a rotatable volume. The 2d source data is also displayed with an axial multi-planar reconstruction (MPR). Side: Very large volume CTA, visualizing the Aorta in its entirety, in a unique projection.
(hat tip: Seattle Post-Intelligencer)