Holoxica specialises in producing full-colour 3D holographic images from medical scannners including Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Emission Tomography (PET) or Ultrasound. The digital holograms are used for outreach, education, diagnostics and even surgery. Our work is presented in many public venues including the MIT Museum (Boston, USA), The Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and The National Museum of Scotland.
We have produced digital holograms of almost all human organs including the liver, lungs, heart, brain and the entire human anatomy (skeleton, vascular system, nerves, muscles and major organs).
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Apart from the digital holograms, we are conducting research into a real-time holographic video display that is being designed for medical imaging.
This hologram is designed for teaching medical students about the anatomy of the human body. The hologram contains three channel of information from left to right: muscle structures; skeleton complete with arteries plus nervous system; and the internal organs. One of the challenges facing medical learning is teaching the 3D structure of the body since all of the material is currently in 2D. The hologram is a full 3D image that conveys the necessary information to aid understanding of the different aspects of the body.
Holoxica collaborated with Germany's Fraunhofer Institute (IGD) to develop the first 3D digital hologram of a liver. The hologram is designed to assist surgeons to accurately pinpoint diseased liver tissue. It is possible to highlight tissue, tumors or other chronic conditions. Another application is to create 3D models for training and simulation to help trainees visualize the intricacies of navigation within the organ.
A full-colour digital hologram of a pair of lungs from a CT scan by CRIC,the Clinical Research Imaging Centre at Edinburgh University. The intricate detail of the structure can be clearly seen. The skeleton is also included, although the rib cage is removed for better visibilty. Also inculded are the bronchial tree and lung sacks (pleura) surrounding the airways (alveoli). This image has been used in outreach and public presentation. This piece is on public display at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh.
The Rhind Mummy was excavated from a tomb in Thebes and was brought to Scotland by the archeologist Alexandar Rhind in 1857. The mummy is still intact in its original wrapping at the National Museum of Scotland. The secrets of this mummy were finally revealed 155 years later when it was CT scanned by the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. The scan revealed that the Rhind Mummy was an Egyptian female aged 25 to 29, 1.58m tall (5′ 2″) dating back to around 10 B.C.
Holoxica made an animated hologram from the CT data, which reveals different layers of visual information as the viewer of the hologram moves from left to right. "For example, the first layer is the wrapping shroud, which 'peels' away to reveal her face. This is followed by the skull. The 'outer wrapping' is encrusted with jewels and gold amulets which are visible from angles and, most intriguingly, a metal scarab-shaped cap was placed on top of the skull during mummification, can also be seen in great detail.
The Rhind Mummy will never be opened, so the only way to look inside is to use advanced visualization techniques. The color-animated hologram is life-sized and shows a level of depth, detail and realism that is difficult to demonstrate in any other way. This artefact is presented at the MIT Museum in Boston.