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Healthcare goes holographic

26 Jan 2015  | Ariella Brown

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During the trial, Dr. Bruckheimer employed the imaging technology when repairing a 16-year-old's heart. As he observed in this article, "For the first time in my career, I had the patient's virtual heart literally beating in the palm of my hand."

RealView Imaging's term for the ability to not only see the hologram up close, but to actually interact with it, is image intimacy.


As these illustrations indicate, holographic imagery can be applied to capturing more than hearts for minimally invasive surgery; for example, the company is working on applications like foetal imaging. A 3D holographic image of the developing uterus can offer a far clearer view than a two-dimensional ultrasound for more accurate "assessment, interaction, and measurement." The possibility of obtaining a complete 360-degree view could also alert doctors to issues that might be somewhat obscured in a more traditional scan.

Of course, there is the "Wow!" factor—something that RealView Imaging points out in its own description. But the technology goes way beyond that. While it is incredible to see science fiction brought to life, the real marvel is the new potentialities for treating patients and saving lives.

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