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What if Everything was 3-d?

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Posted By: Alfred K at 12:48 pm

2 Apr 2010

Getting a good look at a person’s guts without slashing through skin isn’t easy. Radiologists use computed tomography to capture thin-slice images of our insides, but then they have to envision how those 2-D x-rays fit together. It’s like looking at slices of bread and imagining the loaf. But help is on the way from an unlikely source: kid flicks. UCSF radiologist Richard Breiman is harnessing 3-D graphics technology pioneered by Pixar, the studio behind Toy Story and most of the other blockbusters children are obsessed with. Called volume rendering, it can assemble those CT slices into images that are viewable from any angle. Breiman can even manipulate the picture, gamer style — spin it around or animate it for, say, a flight through the colon. (Bet you can’t do that in Assassin’s Creed 2.) Eventually, Breiman says, 3-D scans could render human surgeons obsolete: Just program the images into robots and let their steady hands do the work.

What if everything was 3-D? That would rule. I need some 3-d glasses pronto. Google maps is now available in 3-D, check for yourself.

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