“If you have degeneration, or you have areas of inflammation, or a stroke, all of these things to visualise and see how anatomically it impacts on surrounding structures and pathways is vital, so the brain now is not only the location of a lesion, but what networks pass through that area is of importance. So sometimes we want to know, for example, the visual pathways involved in a particular lesion,” he says.
Ridha adds that brain holograms could prove a useful medical educational tool.
“The brain is such a complex three-dimensional structure and sometimes it is quite difficult to describe, or understand the actual connections. So to see it in 3D may be a short-cut to education and it can reinforce the learning process,” he says.
Developers say they plan to adapt their holographic video display to existing medical imaging machines including MRI, CT and Ultrasound scanners.