Friday 9 November 2007

3D Medical Display Utilizes Finger-controlled Interface

This new volumetric medical display from the Fraunhofer-Institut in Berlin offers not only 3D visualization for radiologists and surgeons, but also has a built in function that allows the manipulation and rotation of the image without touch, hence allowing clinicians not to break the scrub during sterile procedures.

The display relies on a pair of cameras mounted overhead and a single one integrated into its frame to capture exactly what angle the physician is gazing in at. Subsequently, the doctor can simply wave his / her finger and the image will rotate and shift as commanded in order to provide a more detailed look while keeping things as sterile as possible. Essentially, this system weds your average 3D display with a less common non-contact user interface, and while hard pricing deets weren't disclosed, the team suggested that even smaller medical practices should be able to squeeze this into their budget.

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