Tech Tools: Getting Under Your Skin

Summer 2018

Magic mirror
Javad Fotouhi, a PhD candidate in computer science, demonstrates the magic mirror. (Image: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography)

Stand in front of this “magic mirror,” and it seems to peer beneath your skin, revealing bones, major organs, blood vessels, and muscles.

But the device—developed by a Whiting School of Engineering computer science professor—doesn’t really perform X-rays on people. Instead, it inserts anatomically correct images of three-dimensional body parts within participants’ outlines.

This high-tech tool is the brainchild of Nassir Navab, professor of computer science and director of the Computer-Aided Medical Procedures Lab, who developed it working with physicians at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to help tomorrow’s doctors learn anatomy.

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