Sectra virtual autopsy table available now, Stan Brakhage nonplussed

Though not offering the sort of stark, terrible beauty (or the gore) of The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes, Sectra's Visual Imaging Table will let you perform a "virtual autopsy," by using CT and MRI scans to place 3D recreations of a patient's body on a large, multitouch table. What's more, the body can then be examined -- and even cut with a "virtual knife." And it's finally available "to the masses," as one company rep put it in an email this morning (although we sort of figure that if you have an MRI machine you probably aren't one of "the masses"). Check out the PR after the break, or hit up the source link to get one for yourself.

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RSNA: Sectra unveils unique visualization table for diagnostic imaging and emergency care

28 Nov, 2010 15:00 CET: ​Today, at RSNA 2010 in Chicago, the medical technology company, Sectra (NASDAQ OMX Stockholm: SECT B), is launching Sectra Visualization Table. This unique solution for collaborative work improves decision making efficiency in acute care, allowing physicians to efficiently set the care strategy in multi-trauma cases. It also serves as a platform for medical education, clinical conferences and virtual autopsies.

With Sectra Visualization Table, a 46-inch medical multi-touch display, multiple users can interact collaboratively with the real-size 3D images generated by CT and MRI scanners to gain deeper understanding and insight into the functions and processes inside the body. They can, for example, visualize different kinds of tissues and cut through sections with a virtual knife.

The visualization table is powered by a tailored Sectra PACS workstation. Sectra's patented visualization techniques allow immediate display even of datasets of extreme size, such as high-resolution, full-body scans.

"This is an example of how our close cooperation with research centers allows us to apply the latest technology available in solutions that facilitate daily work for our customers," says Torbjörn Kronander, President of Sectra Imtec AB. "We have a strong focus on customer value, and the technology should not be there just because it is possible, it should help to increase efficiency and quality in patient care at every step."

Another area of application is virtual autopsies, in which the need for surgical procedures is reduced and saves time.

Sectra Visualization Table has been developed in cooperation with the University of Linköping, Sweden, the Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV), Norrköping Visualization Center C, and The Interactive Institute.

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Meet Sectra at RSNA, North Building, Booth #7114.

For further information, please contact:
Dr. Torbjörn Kronander, President, Sectra Imtec AB, +46 705 23 52 27

About Sectra's medical operations
Sectra develops and sells IT-systems and products for radiology, mammography and orthopaedic departments. More than 1,100 hospitals worldwide use the system daily, together performing over 52 million radiology examinations annually. This makes Sectra one of the world leading companies within systems for handling digital radiology images (PACS). In Scandinavia, Sectra is the market leader with more than 50% of all film-free installations. Outside Scandinavia, Sectra's system is installed at customers in North America and most major countries in Europe and the Far East.

About the Sectra Group
Sectra successfully develops and sells cutting-edge products in the expansive niche segments of medical systems and secure communication systems. The company was founded in 1978 and has its roots in the Linköping Institute of Technology in Sweden. Today, Sectra has offices in twelve countries and operates through partners worldwide. Sales in the 2009/2010 fiscal year totaled SEK 848 million. The Sectra share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm AB exchange. For more information, visit

About CMIV
Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV) is a multidisciplinary research center initiated by Linköping University, Östergötland County Council and Sectra AB. CMIV conducts focused front-line research within multidisciplinary projects, providing solutions to tomorrow's clinical issues. The mission is to develop future methods and tools for image analysis and visualization for applications within health care and medical research. For more information visit

About Visualization Center C
Visualization Center C was founded in 2010 and is the result of a collaboration between the Municipality of Norrköping, Linköping University, Norrköping Science Park and the Interactive Institute. The center constitutes a focal point for visualization research, education and development in northern Europe. At the core of the center is the world leading visualization research conducted at Linköping University. The center also hosts a large scale arena for public visits including an immersive dome theatre seating 100 people. The center closely collaborates with key industrial partners and constitutes a hub for knowledge dissemination and commercial collaborations. For more information visit

About the Interactive Institute
The Interactive Institute is a Swedish experimental media research institute that combines expertise in art, design and technology to conduct world-class applied research and innovation. We develop new research areas, concepts, products and services, and provide strategic advice to corporations and public organizations. Our research results are communicated and exhibited worldwide and brought out to society through commissioned work, license agreements and spin-off companies. For more information visit