Holographic imaging system brings sci-fi to the OR

A holographic imaging system for the operating room has been tested successfully by surgeons at an Israeli hospital and soon could be new tool for doctors planning, performing and evaluating minimally-invasive surgical procedures.

The system, which was tested at the Schneider Children's Medical Center in Petach Tikva, Israel, allows physicians to touch and interact with three-dimensional images. The doctor can see--and manipulate--the hovering image in such a way that it can serve as a guide during an actual procedure.

The system works by taking 3-D data from imaging systems--such as CT, MRI and ultrasound--creating a hologram out of the data, and then sending it into an electro-optical system that reconstructs the data in three dimensions in space. Article