New Technology Gives Surgeons Unprecedented Views of Patients' Bodies
When could a video game possibly save your life? A new imaging technology, now being used at
Those who think that developing video games software has no other purpose than entertainment should think again.
So says Dr.
CAVE is a powerful processing technology, based on both
Similar to the graphics in a video game, the multidimensional color images are displayed on a touch-sensitive screen, enabling doctors to manipulate them and virtually "fly" through body parts from all directions, rotate them and zoom in and out.
One of the surgeons who uses Plato's CAVE,
"When you have the data so you can then visualize exactly what's going on, it definitely decreases the stress level or the anxiety level of just wondering, 'oh, is there a possibility that that blood vessel might be, you know, wrapped around this tumor? " said Takashima.
Recently, surgeons used the CAVE system to plan a difficult operation on a patient who had accidentally shot himself with a crossbow. They were able to clearly see where the arrow entered the skull and how close it was to critical blood vessels.
But not too long ago, even prominent physicians were skeptical about scanner-imaging technology. Dr.
"When the first CT scan was announced, the chief of neuro-radiology at our hospital - he was a very distinguished individual, I won't mention his name - he said to us, 'boys, this is a hoax,'" said Grossman.
Now, experts say, this is only the beginning. And they say medical imaging technology will get even better as time goes on.
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