Now, Surgeons Can Nip And Tuck In 3 D

IT HAS THE SMOOTH CURVES of a dashboard from a 1950s sedan, with seven placid eyes staring back at you. But those eyes are really camera lenses hitched to a laptop computer and modem. Together, the lenses take highly detailed, full-color digital pictures in 3-D that can guide plastic surgeons with greater precision than two-dimensional images. The contraption, dubbed Virtuoso, will be unveiled in March by Pittsburgh startup Visual Interface Inc., headed by Carnegie Mellon University professor Jon A. Webb, who developed the 3-D system with a student, Larry Zitnick.

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