Want to see what your body looks like on the inside? Soon, you can! Researchers at the University of Paris-South have developed a digital, 3D mirror that reveals what’s beneath your skin.
The device captures high-resolution images of bones and organs as one undergoes a PET scan, X-ray and MRI scan. When an individual steps in front of the mirror, the motion-capture camera tracks the movement of two dozen different joints, including the knees, elbows and wrists. The images can be animated and interpreted easily, using the graphical processing units that reveal body’s inside out in real time.
Researcher Xavier Maitre, a medical imaging researcher at the University of Paris-South, and colleagues designed and developed the digital mirror for the purpose of exploring philosophical questions about how we relate to our body.
The researchers conducted trials in which 30 participants were left alone with the mirror for several minutes. The activity was to retrieve their reactions; they were shown pre-recorded data of other individuals of the same sex. It was found that about one-third of those undergone trials were uncomfortable in front of the mirror and reluctant to let others see.
According to the researchers, the research has paved the way for the medical research in the sphere of augmented reality. They believe that soon doctors could use a similar system to explore a particular part of their body or prepare for an upcoming operation. They want to make the illusion created by the mirror, even more life-like by programming the heart to beat and the lungs to move.
Similar Medical Imagery Developments
At the Technical University of Munich, the researchers developed a similar kind of ‘mirror’, named Mirracle. The imagery device projects slices of medical imagery directly onto a person's body.
A recently featured project was presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Chicago. It can animate MRI data on the computer screen that pinpoints parts of the body that might cause trouble in the future.
(Source: BBC News)
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