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January 5, 1994

New Holographic Process Provides Noninvasive, 3-D Anatomic Views

JAMA. 1994;271(1):5-8. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510250013004

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A NEW holographic system for generating and displaying true-to-life, three-dimensional images of a patient's internal anatomy may help physicians make more accurate diagnoses and plan more effective treatment for a variety of clinical problems.

Clinical uses of the system, which creates holographic images from digital data obtained by conventional computed tomographic (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) scanners, were the subject of 10 scientific papers and exhibits at the 79th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), held in Chicago, Ill.

According to clinical researchers who are using the new technology, the holograms, unlike conventional ones that show only the surface of objects, produce three-dimensional images that are accurate replicas of anatomic structures. The solid-appearing yet transparent replicas, which float in space several inches in front of the holographic film, can be studied, magnified, measured, reversed, or even merged with additional holograms that show relationships

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