Why ‘upwork’ is changing the face of 3D scanning
3D scans, a technology that has already revolutionised the way doctors and other professionals create medical images, have been used by some for the past few years to identify cancerous tumours, diagnose conditions like HIV, and even find out if someone is a carrier of HIV.
But while the technology has been widely embraced, there is one area where 3D scan technology has fallen short: the ability to scan the skin.
While there is an increasing number of skin cancer patients being scanned, the 3D imaging technology has yet to become a widespread medical tool for those who need it most.
Upwork 3D artist, Seniors, who says she’s been using upwork for nearly a decade, is the first person to use the 3-D scanning technology to help people with skin cancer.
“I used upwork three years ago to help my dad with his cancer,” Seniors said.
“We were looking at it for the first time and I was like, this is amazing, it’s going to save my dad’s life.”
I started looking for a way to use this as a treatment for skin cancer, but my dad had no choice but to go into hospital and get his skin scanned.
It was a simple, easy, quick solution to his condition. “
He had some cancer on his right cheek, he was in great pain and couldn’t go in there,” Senios said.
It was a simple, easy, quick solution to his condition.
Upscanned photos of Seniors cheek would have saved him, but not all skin cancers are the same, as some cancers may be hidden from the naked eye.
Seniors found the technology to be far more complicated than he could have anticipated.
The first version of the upscaped skin photos Seniors took of his cheek were not upscaled, so he had to make a second, better, version of them.
The process involved cutting out a small amount of skin around the cheek and then placing the images onto a computer screen to create a full-sized version of his face.
The skin had to be thin enough to allow a surgeon to easily manipulate the image, and the image had to have enough depth so it could be used in the medical imaging toolkit.
“The first version I took was very rough, it looked really ugly, it wasn’t upscoped, it was too thin,” Senias said.
Senias facial reconstruction was much better.
“It was amazing.
It looked like a normal person, not a cancer patient,” he said.
He also discovered that it was very difficult to capture the skin in a 3D image because it was so far from the camera.
“But the third version was much more beautiful,” Seniases mum said.
Sensors inside the skin and a microscope can give the doctor the exact amount of blood flow to the tumour, and so can the computer generated image of the tumours surface.
The technology allows up to three images per minute of upscored skin scans, and is capable of taking a 3-dimensional image of up to 30 per cent of a person’s skin.
“In a way, it has made it easier to take pictures of the skin, but it also makes it harder to find out the exact size of the cancer,” Professor Peter Pomerantz, a dermatologist and a member of the National Cancer Council’s Institute for Cancer Research, said.
The upscape technique is still very much in its infancy, but there are many other ways 3D images can be used for the medical community.
For example, doctors can use 3D skin scans to identify areas of skin that are more difficult to see with a normal 3D scanner.
“When you have the skin exposed to a laser or the fluorescence, you can actually see it,” Dr Pomerants said.
3D scanners are also used by researchers in the field of gene editing to manipulate gene expression.
“There are people in the biomedical field who are working with cancer and they can do the same thing, they can use the upscan technique to see where the cancer is in the tissue,” Dr Chris Smith, a researcher at the University of Sydney’s Centre for Bioinformatics, said of the technology.
“These images are then used to modify the gene expression in the cancer.”
But Dr Smith says while the technologies are growing, it is still early days.
“At the moment, I think we are at the very early stages of this,” he explained.
“What you need to be aware of is that you need a lot of expertise in a very small amount [of time], and we have to be patient, we have a long way to go.”
The health industry has been working to develop better 3D technology, and some medical organisations are also looking to improve the way they deliver their services. But there