4 ways healthcare is taking advantage of 3-D


We may be closer than ever to understanding the complex anatomy of the human brain, thanks to the introduction of a new three-dimensional tool that has created a digital reconstruction of the human brain, called the BigBrain.

The tool, which show brain anatomy in "microscopic detail," was developed by German and Canadian researchers and outlined in the June 21 issue of Science, according to an announcement from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. According to the Washington Post, the researchers used a 65-year-old woman's brain, cut into 7,400 slices, in building the atlas.

"The authors pushed the limits of current technology," Science senior editor Peter Stern said in the announcement. "Such spatial resolution exceeds that of presently available reference brains by a factor of 50 in each of the three spatial dimensions."

The creation got us thinking about other ways the healthcare industry is taking advantage of 3-D technology. Three others come to mind, including:

To learn more:
- read the AAAS announcement
- read the Washington Post article

Related Articles:
Nintendo Wii helps surgeons sharpen their skills
NIH grant to enable researchers to create 3-D models to study brain mechanics
3-D imaging enables deeper look into brain
Obama administration wants to map the human brain
Imaging technique holds potential for early diagnosis of athlete brain disorders
Computer models of tumor growth help target effective cancer treatment