Health Software fast track takes COVID diagnosis to a new dimension

Software fast track takes COVID diagnosis to a new dimension

A world-first computer science breakthrough will soon allow doctors to have a 360 degree look at the lungs of COVID-19 patients.

La Trobe University has developed a way to turn 2D CT scans into a virtual 3D model which can be viewed through a mixed reality headset.

Built in just eight weeks, Professor Henry Duh says the new technology will allow health professionals to get a closer look at how COVID-19 is affecting a patient’s lungs.

Professor Duh says the 3D modelling can show the transformation from healthy lungs to those infected by coronavirus. This sequence is is hard to pick up with 2D biomedical images.

Mixed reality headsets allow 3D images to be superimposed over the real-world views being captured by the camera.

The La Trobe University team hopes the technology will give doctors a better insight to what is happening as the virus progresses in a patient.

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