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Wednesday 26th October 2016

3D slicing scan developed

22nd July 2010

A cardiologist from Southampton General Hospital is the first to develop a technique to "slice" 3D images of the heart into sections using computer software.

The method, pioneered by Dr Joseph Vettukattil and known as multiplane review (MPR) 3D echocardiography, allows the user to identify heart defects more accurately than on traditional 2D or standard 3D scans. Dr Vettukattil now hopes to develop Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust as the world leader in advanced 3D echocardiography, through the establishment of an imaging and training centre.


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