Image Guided Therapy
Because of the central importance of surgery as at least one modality in treating many types of tumors, we are constantly developing new ways to improve our results. Image-guided therapy uses a variety of imaging technologies to plan the best surgical approach in virtual reality prior to surgery, or even as the operation is underway to visualize the procedure.
A unique virtual environment developed at Houston Methodist is a stunning advancement in image guided therapy. Using data from several different types of scans, clinicians and researchers created a computer augmented virtual environment that extracts enormous amounts of data from:
- CT scans
- Positron emission tests (PET)
The technology is capable of producing 3-D, 4-D, 5-D and 6-D functional images, meaning doctors have the ability to see a beating heart in exquisite detail and follow a vein or artery through the body. Physicians can navigate through skin, muscle, bones and organs in order to make precise measurements prior to surgery and assess the results of therapy. It is a very impressive advance and this specific virtual environment is only available at Houston Methodist.