Starting with X-rays, medical imaging has long been a two-dimensional world. Even advanced scans such as magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography produce 2D slices. It is only recently that computer resources have sufficient power to generate 3D images from the data produced from these scanners. The volume of data is also increasing as scanners become more sophisticated and data is combined from different modalities. As with any domain, interpretation and understanding becomes more challenging as the amount of data increases. Three-dimensional representations of the data helps simplify and improve the interpretation of this data. PolarScreens' display allows doctors to move beyond seeing a 3D representation to seeing virtual 3D objects which can be looked at in the same way as if real.
Not only can radiologists use the 3D computer renderings based on medical scans for diagnosing medical conditions but surgeons can use it to plan operations. Radiologists may have years of looking at two-dimensional data and forming a three-dimensional model in the head but surgeons live in the three dimensions inside the body. The location of a tumor in relation to surrounding tissue can be seen and easily visualized with the safest route being chosen before the patient reaches the operating room.
3D printing is beginning to be used for intervention planning and patient explanations. PolarScreens' display can save time and money through a true virtual representation that has the same visual characteristics as a real object.
Medical training can be enhanced through the use of simulations of the human body allowing medical students to repeatedly try out various procedures without risk to actual patients. The more lifelike the simulation, the more value to the learning experience. Through PolarScreens' display, students get a true high resolution three-dimensional representation of human organs and tissue while also being able to interact with other people and real life objects.
Understanding complex data structures requires the interpretation of large amounts of information. Over time, humans have developed a visual processing system that has been optimized to quickly process three-dimensional information. By representing complex data as three-dimensional lifelike objects we can harness our visual system to simply and quickly relay this information to our brain. The closer these objects are to real life, the better and faster is our interpretation.
Modeling, visualization, and analysis of biological systems such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipid bilayer assemblies can be greatly enhance comprehension and understanding by having a true three-dimensional virtual representation.
The interpretation of the virtual representation can be further enhanced by key numeric data which describes the protein or molecule. Quick and easy access to this information without being encumbered by glasses or a head-mounted display normalizes and permits more time to be dedicated to actual understanding.
Geophysical survey data from seismic, borehole and other data sources is an important part of modern oil exploration. Massive amounts of data are generated by various methods and simple maps and tables of numbers hide rather than reveal important details of the Earth's structure. To deal with the volume of data produced, 3D visualization has become an essential part for effective identification, investigation and understanding of subsurface structures. Simply displaying 3D models on a flat two-dimensional display only goes part way. PolarScreens' display permits scientists to see the data in true 3D where details actually appear in front or behind other parts of the model.
The potential for computers in school lies beyond writing reports and surfing the Internet. Today's computers and software are capable of creating innovative activities that simplify, reduce cost and even enable completely new types of learning experiences. With the addition of virtual reality, computer learning can become lifelike. Activities might involve the dissection of frogs, modeling simple molecules or experimenting with Newtonian physics. However, the use of VR head-mounted displays pose issues with hygiene, safety and expensive equipment damage. PolarScreens' holographic display can be used for all types of virtual reality experiences all while ensuring student safety and a focus on learning.
Public learning exhibits in science centers and museums can similarly benefit from the virtual reality experience without having to clean equipment between people or risk damage. A person just needs to stand in front of the display to experience the virtual objects leading to a more in-depth and engaging learning experience.
A virtual reality display changes an ordinary video slot machine into a mesmerizing entertainment experience with high resolution images that jump off the screen. People can look around objects for the hidden items all without the need for special glasses. Virtual objects floating in front of people radically transforms game play, creating a hallucinogenic gaming experience.