3-D Technology Takes Medicine Into The Future

3-D technology is helping doctors perform delicate heart and brain surgeries with more precision than ever before. GPS mapping technology is assisting orthopedic surgeons with more exacting placement of artificial joints. It's also helps dentists make a crown to replace a tooth in one appointment as opposed to two or three.

In many cases, these technologies allow doctors to have clear 3-D images of the organ or body part they are operating on. The new GPS for the brain, gives doctors a clear vision of the vital neuro-pathways that they need to avoid when they're cutting into the brain to remove a tumor or fix an area of the brain that's bleeding. This is critical to preserving vital bodily functions like speech, movement, and memory.

For the heart, 3-D mapping helps cardiologists perform delicate re-writing of hearts electrical circuits. If there is a problem with the pathways, it can cause irregular heart beats that can trigger heart attacks or strokes.

Orthopedic surgeons use the technology to measure exactly where to implant an artificial joint. This allows for the most exact measurement and placement of the joint and avoids most any chance for complications and infections.

And the dental world is using 3-D images for everything from making crowns in the office for a regular office visit, to fitting braces and sleep apnea devices. .