IBM uses 3D imaging to visualize patient records

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IBM researchers have unveiled prototype visualization software which would allow doctors to interact with medical data by looking at the human body.

The technology uses an avatar, a 3D representation of the human body, which allows a doctor to click on a particular part of the avatar body to retrieve medical records, according to the company. The visualization method is called anatomic and symbolic mapper engine (ASME).

IBM said its ASME system will allow doctors to click on different parts of the 3D avatar of the human body and instantly see all the available medical history and information related to that patient, including text entries, lab results and medical images, such as radiographs or MRIs, eliminating the need to search through paperwork.

The new technology was created at IBM's Zurich Research Lab, and resulted from a collaboration between IBM Denmark and IBM Research.