Can We Close the Radiology-Surgery Gap?

Ronald Schilling, PhD, Diagnostic Imaging

Challenges in spatial cognition are compounded by the limitations associated with 2D or 2.5D (viewing 3D data sets in 2D). Having to construct 3D recreations in one’s mind while viewing a series of 2D images is a cognitively intensive process. This is the present practice in medical imaging and continues to give rise to the radiology-surgery gap. As a surgeon recently told me, “I have never opened up a patient and seen a 2D view.” At RSNA, a radiologist told me, when viewing holographic-generated images: “with this capability, I will be able to communicate more effectively with surgeons.”