Software That Gives Surgeons X Ray Vision

MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF Technology electrical engineer Eric L. Grimson has the kind of high-tech wizardry the Pentagon needs. He has devised advanced software that lets computers pick out military targets from a confusing jumble of images. But a recent sabbatical offered a chance to try something different. With colleagues at MIT, Harvard Medical School, and Brigham & Women's Hospital, he has created what doctors jokingly call "Nintendo surgery"--a system that can "see" deep into the body to guide the surgeon's knife.

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