Siemens Healthineers visualization experts nominated for the 2017 German Future Prize

Erlangen | 2017-09-14

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Published on 13. September 2017

Siemens Healthineers employees Dr. Klaus Engel and Dr. Robert Schneider have been nominated for the German Future Prize along with Professor Dr. Franz Fellner, head of the Central Radiology Institute at Kepler University Hospital in Linz, Austria, and extraordinary professor at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, for the development of the visualization technology Cinematic Rendering. They are one of three research teams in contention for the award. The prize, awarded by the President of Germany, is one of the country's highest distinctions for technology and innovation. Cinematic Rendering technology, developed by the two visualization experts and their clinical partner, generates photorealistic three-dimensional representations of the human body from the output of CT and MRI scans. Using the radiological diagnostic software applications Syngo.via and Syngo.via Frontier, the technique enables previously unseen levels of clarity.

Siemens Healthineers visualization experts nominated for the 2017 German Future Prize

  • Dr. Klaus Engel and Dr. Robert Schneider make up one of three research teams put forward for the award together with Professor Franz Fellner, MD, head of the Central Radiology Institute at Kepler University Hospital in Linz
  • The three nominees are jointly responsible for developing the medical visualization technology known as Cinematic Rendering, which allows photorealistic representations of clinical image data
  • The technique facilitates communication with patients and referring physicians, supports surgeons in the choice of surgical strategies and opens up new opportunities in medical training

Siemens Healthineers employees Dr. Klaus Engel and Dr. Robert Schneider have been nominated for the German Future Prize along with Professor Franz Fellner, MD, head of the Central Radiology Institute at Kepler University Hospital in Linz, Austria, and extraordinary professor at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, for the development of the visualization technology Cinematic Rendering.

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A virtual journey through the human body

An overabundance of data from various imaging procedures, rising patient numbers, and increasing pressure on costs are just some of the challenges faced by healthcare providers. Every effort is being made to keep workflows as simple and efficient as possible to avoid losing sight of what really matters: the patient. Rapid delivery of three-dimensional results is now possible thanks to a new version of the Syngo.via diagnostic software. Syngo.via VB20 is easy to use and provides customized fast access to individual user preferences. The software assistant manages diagnostic findings to make all relevant data immediately available. A few clicks are all it takes to display the given case on the monitor, presenting photorealistic images of unprecedented clarity of the human body with the Cinematic Volume Rendering Technique (Cinematic VRT)* available on Syngo.via VB20. This type of images is already known as "Cinematic Rendering".

* Cinematic VRT is recommended for communication, education, and publication purposes and not intended for diagnostic reading

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Anatomy Meets Cinema – Cinematic Rendering

To the layperson, the output of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scans is often nothing more than a meaningless jumble of forms in different shades of grey. It takes a trained eye to identify exactly what the images show. What if the inside of a human body could be visualized in photographic detail – complete with shadows and depth, as vividly as in real life? 

Cinematic Rendering for Surgery will make the task of planning operations more efficient and more accurate

  • Evaluation study at the Erlangen University Hospital, Department of Surgery
  • Clear presentation of the relative position of tumor tissue and blood vessels can help surgeons select the best operating strategy

Cinematic Rendering, a new type of 3D visualization from Siemens Healthineers, shows clinical images of the human body in previously unknown, realistic photo quality. The hyper-realistic method of display not only makes it easier to communicate with patients and referring physicians, but also to train new medical practitioners.

How Cinematic Volume Rendering Technique brings a new view to clinical imaging

  • Innovative visualization technology opens up a host of possibilities for communication with patients and referring physicians, as well as for publications and training
  • Syngo.via VB20 software upgrade available simplifies workflows across training systems and disciplines

An overabundance of data from various imaging procedures, rising patient numbers, and increasing pressure on costs are just some of the challenges faced by healthcare providers. Every effort is being made to keep workflows as simple and efficient as possible to avoid losing sight of what really matters: the patient. Rapid delivery of three-dimensional results is now possible thanks to a new version of the Syngo.via diagnostic software. Syngo.via VB20 is easy to use and provides customized fast access to individual user preferences.