Siemens and X3D unveil the first Extreme 3D Display for medical application

New York 22 October 2003The first multi-user commercially available 18 inches medical grade Extreme 3D Display (X3D) will be unveiled at the RSNA 2003 in Chicago from November 30th to December 4th at the Siemens stands. An exclusive cooperation agreement for medical applications was signed between Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) and X3D Technologies Corporation. The new displays are capable of displaying three-dimensional images without the need of special viewing aids like 3D glasses.

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Furthermore, the observers are free in movement in the presentation area. A doctor can now plan interventions with 3D models in real X3D visualization. For example, he or she can clearly distinguish if a blood vessel is in front of or behind another one. The benefits of 3D imaging apply for nearly all types of medical imaging, including Angiography, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Ultrasound.

Siemens A&D has expertise and experience in developing and manufacturing displays for medical purposes. X3D Technologies Corporation has knowledge and an excellent technology to display 3D images for multiple observers without any viewing aids. X3D filters in front of the display, together with highly sophisticated software, enable the images to be displayed as if they were real objects. The first result of the cooperation is the SXD(3) 1899. This new product will be presented at both the Siemens stands with three different applications.

The human body is very complex and can be represented with modern medical surgery tools and diagnostic equipment in three dimensions on the computer. For successful planning of interventional procedures and operations, for better diagnosis, and for good and efficient demonstrations, three dimensional models of medical images are generated and displayed. Only those images also displayed in three dimensions show the complete information to the observer.

This critical information is needed immediately at different times and places, often with no preparation, and which can be displayed to several observers at once. This can only be reached with auto stereo screens, which allow the display of 3D images without viewing aids for multiple observers. With the new SXD(3) displays, jointly developed between Siemens A&D and X3D Technologies, a wide area of applications is opened.

Siemens A&D has been developing diagnostic-grade display monitors products for medical applications for more than 40 years, offering a wide range of flat-panel displays and CRT monitors. The company also offers graphics cards and calibration software.

X3D Technologies Corporation creates the world's foremost 3D innovations, transforming virtually any electronic visual medium into a breathtaking 3-dimensional experience within existing TVs and PCs. X3D-enhanced images appear to float in their environment and extend beyond the confines of a screen into the living space of the viewer. X3D's scope of influence encompasses TV, computer, home entertainment format and large-scale digital display markets. The X3D viewing experience creates new revenue opportunities for mass-market home entertainment as well as advertising venues.


Leslie Versweyveld

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