Primal Pictures launches reference tool for interpreting radiology
10 April 2009
Anatomy software developer Primal Pictures has developed interactive
software for teaching how to interpret radiological scans.
Developed in conjunction with Consultant Radiologist, Dr Muaaze Ahmad
of Barts and the Royal London NHS Trust, Radiological Cross-Sectional
Anatomy with Multidetector CT: Thorax, Abdomen and Pelvis contains
thousands of clear and accurate images, in an intuitive digital format,
providing users with an invaluable aid to cross section anatomy, CT and
Users can view hundreds of clear and accurate 3D anatomy images of
the thorax, abdomen and pelvis, whilst interactive functions will allow
them to add and remove layers, rotate and label any structure with the
click of a mouse.
“Advances in scanning technology mean that we are now able to look at
the body in more than one plane and we therefore need to be able to
understand scans from more than one viewing perspective, so I contacted
Primal with the idea of using their software to develop a training tool
for radiologists,” explains Muaaze.
“The software enables users to select a region, modality, plane and
contrast (for CT) and then to scroll through labelled cross sections and
compare them with CT scans of the whole trunk, thorax, abdomen and
pelvis, as well as MRI of the male and female pelvis.
“Since we look at scans on computers and scroll through images on
screen, it’s difficult to match up the images in text books to those
that we are viewing,” explains Muaaze.
“I wanted something that would be available to us in a comparable
format so that it would be possible to view identical images
side-by-side and then check the anatomy using the Primal software. Users
will be able to label any structure on either the cross section or the
scans and follow through all the available slices using the scrolling
Muaaze is delighted with the final product and believes that it will
prove useful as a reference tool for radiologists and other clinical
staff. He also stressed its importance as a tool not just for teaching
radiology, but also for teaching in other fields such as oncology where
the interpretation of scans is a key skill.
“We were conscious that the product’s interface needed to complement
the packages already in use to interpret radiological scans in a
clinical environment,” said Primal Pictures Managing Director, Peter
“The intuitive interactive functions on the DVD-Rom make it extremely
user-friendly and it offers a quick and easy way of accessing images for
presentations and lectures. Initial feedback has been extremely positive
and this product looks set to become an indispensable learning and
reference resource for anyone who needs to be able to identify anatomy
in cross section on a CT or radiological scan.”
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