Minimally invasive treatment of disease, a revolutionary alternative to larger surgical incisions and longer recovery times, is undergoing its own transformation. Interventional radiologists are fusing imaging technologies with the accuracy of robots and automated instruments to help physicians target cancerous tumors and diseases with exquisite precision.
Three major categories of technology are at the forefront: robotics, global positioning systems (GPS) and next-generation image displays, such as imaging fusion, 3-D imaging and virtual reality devices known as "augmented reality."
"Many of these technologies have already been used in medicine, but their integration with imaging technology in the therapeutic realm is new," said Brad Wood, M.D., an interventional radiologist in the imaging sciences program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md.
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