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Radiologist Uses 3-D Imaging in Uterine Fibroids Treatment

A new radiological technology, functioning like a “human GPS system,” is being used in a clinical trial to treat patients with symptomatic uterine fibroids at Paoli Hospital in Paoli, Pennsylvania near Philadelphia. The 3-D imaging system, employed by Dr Atul Gupta, director of interventional radiology at Paoli, allows procedures to be done with more precision, less radiation, and faster and with less X-ray dye than done previously with 2-D machines. Collaborating with Philips, a leading maker of medical devices, Paoli Hospital, a Main Line Health facility, is the only hospital in the U.S. offering “MRA Fusion” to treat of uterine fibroids. Gupta has been pioneering the technology for five years at Paoli. For this work, the Indian American was recognised by rt Image magazine among the 25 most influential people and events in the field of radiology. He was listed third, after only healthcare reform and radiology efforts in the wake of the Haiti earthquake. The system at Paoli Hospital combines patient images from multiple modalities like MRI and CT scans to create a real-time 3-D map that displays an instrument’s position, orientation, and trajectory, as well as anatomical landmarks.

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