Medical Imaging Software has progressed greatly over the years. From the original computer technology scan created in 1979 to the magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound imaging in the 1980s, this technology has been used to save lives for years (Freiherr, 2017). 3D and 4D Visual Imaging have been taking the medical field by storm over the last few years. Medical imaging, also known as tomography, is used for all fields of medicine to “create visual representations of the interior of the body for clinical analysis and medical intervention of complex diseases in a short period of time (Frietag, 2015). Although some hospitals are unable to acquire the appropriate machinery to run the software, those that do have access have made tremendous efforts in expanding the horizons of early prevention of disease.
This 3D imaging software can display MRI, CT scans, and ultrasound images with more than 80,000 volumetric pixels. In addition, 3D imaging is used commonly for patients who have vision problems so they can see without fatiguing their eyes. 3D imaging technology can also be used to see a more accurate representation before a risky surgery. Another useful factor is that experts from anywhere in the world can view accurate medical images to aid in difficult methods of treatments (Frietag, 2015).
3D medical technology has not caused very many security issues, not does it have many security measures besides the usual HIPAA privacy laws, but it has actually helped national security aspects. TSA uses this 3D medical technology to detect explosives and other threats to the country in airports.
Ethical and Social Implications
Although imaging itself has not raised many ethical and social issues, it’s sister project 3D printing has many ethical issues. The only ethical issue mentioned in my research is legal ethics for patenting of materials. Also, there are liability issues for deep learning systems in radiological practices in regard to misinformation (Lee, 2017).
3D imaging has a bright future. The medical industry, once the technology is more widely available, will be able to catch early onset cancers, be able to prevent spread of disease, and overall save many lives. The usages are not limited to only the medical field. Just as the TSA uses the technology, the technology will spread to other areas besides the medical field.