Scientific American Features CMU/Pitt-Developed Medical Imaging Technology That Allows Doctors to See Through Flesh


January 28, 2002

This month's edition of Scientific American online features an article on medical imaging research developed by Carnegie Mellon's MERIT Technology Center and the University of Pittsburgh Department of Bioengineering. The research project, Sonic Flashlight, allows doctors to look directly into a patient in real time using a technique based on ultrasound for image-guided intervention. According to Scientific American, "the process is not the first to attempt to place medical images within a surgeon's direct line of sight. But it is the first to succeed without requiring the user or the patient to wear any sort of tracking device."

Members of the MERIT team include: Kaigham (Ken) J. Gabriel, Professor of ECE and Robotics; Takeo Kanade, U.A. And Helen Whitaker Professor of CS and Robotics, Professor of ECE; Andreas Nowatzyk, Associate Professor of Robotics and ECE; Lee Hotraphinyo, Master's Student, ECE; and David LaRose, Ph.D. Student, ECE.