Doctors can now get a 3-D holographic look at your insides

CNBC | Jeniece Pettitt 

Dr. Judy Yee has spent decades pouring over medical scans trying to make sense of 3-D problems on a flat screen. But now a breakthrough technology is making her job a lot easier.
She uses EchoPixel's True 3-D software. It takes data from CT and MRI scans and transforms it into 3-D holographic images so she can view and interact with patient tissues and organs as if they were real physical objects. Medical 3-D imaging is not new, but the way organs appear to pop out of the screen and the ease at which the anatomy can be manipulated has never been seen before in medicine.

"I have found it to be a completely novel way of looking at the CT data," said Dr. Yee, vice chair of radiology and biomedical imaging at the University of California, San Francisco, in a phone interview. "It's been a long time since I've seen anything like this. It's a game changer."