Revolutions Medical out of Charleston, South Carolina has developed an image processing technology that brings a bit of color to MRI images. Color MRI uses proprietary algorithms to segment and colorize regions of the scan to hopefully make the images more readable, and the firm is collaborating with H. Keith Brown, PhD, Professor of Anatomy at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine to apply the technology to differentiation and characterization of intracranial hemorrhages and characterization of intracranial masses.
From the product page:
The technology consists of software, which uses various color masks to produce full-color composite images from gray-scale MRI output. The resulting color images can be quickly viewed individually or all together as a “riffle stack”.
A riffle stack consists of the individual MRI images assembled to create a single composite image that contains the data from the individual images. The riffle stack allows a radiologist, using a computer mouse, to page through the images, creating a 3-D appreciation of the colorized MRI output even though the images themselves are not 3-D.
The software program can also segment the data and create a true 3-D image of the area to be examined. For instance, bone, fluid and other tissue displayed in an MRI scan of the head can be electronically eliminated to allow a 3-D rendering of just the brain.