Ultrasound has been described as the “window to the womb” and the advent of 3-D and 4-D ultrasounds have helped entire generations of people have an enhanced respect for the value of human life. That people could see the development of an unborn child in the womb like never before has prompted some to say that ultrasound is responsible for helping solidify public opinion against abortion.
Here’s more, along with a fascinating video:
Holographic displays that could show mothers their child before it is born, and let surgeons manipulate a holographic display of a patient’s internal organs are being developed.
Technology giant Philips is developing the system with Israeli firm RealView.
They recently conducted the first trial of the system, with heart surgery.
The pilot study involved eight patients and was conducted in collaboration with the Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petach Tikva, Israel.
RealView’s system was used to display interactive, real-time 3D holographic images acquired by Philips’ interventional X-ray and cardiac ultrasound systems.
In addition to viewing the patient’s heart on a 2D screen, doctors in the interventional team were able to view detailed dynamic 3D holographic images of the heart ‘floating in free space’ during a minimally-invasive structural heart disease procedure, without using special eyewear.