Medical Holograms Are Now Part of the Surgeon's Toolkit

Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine

Holograms aren't just for Princess Leia anymore. Interactive technology hitting the market now can help doctors examine vital organs using 3D displays that hover over a desktop screen.

“Using CT scan images, this technology can really reproduce this tube-like colon, re-create it floating in space, and nothing has to actually enter the body. You can rotate the image at different angles, cut it in half and search the interior surface for polyps. It's a way of visualizing the colon that has great potential to improve how quickly you could look at 100 percent of the interior.”