New Delhi: Imagine
autopsies without cutting through the body or diagnosing a disease
on a 3D image of your body -- all on an iPad-like table.
The Sectra Virtual Autopsy Table, which was displayed at the
Swedish embassy here Friday, provides a totally hassle-free way of
performing an autopsy or making a diagnosis. It is also meant for
students of medicine.
"It allows examination of virtual representation of real bodies in
minute detail. The 3D images help in giving quick medical
opinions," the inventor of the table, Professor Anders Persson,
He was in India for demonstrating the table at the Health
Innovation Day under the Sweden-India Memorial Week 2011.
The table, which looks like a large tablet or iPad, provides a 3D
image of the human body which can be adjusted and operated through
touch. The data of MRI or CT scan is fed in the table, which
prepares a 3D image.
It also has tools which can perform functions like cutting across
the body, provides images in cross-section, and provides almost
all functions needed in autopsy, without the need to cut through
"Layers of skin and muscle can be removed, the user can zoom in
and out, rotate and cut through sections with a virtual knife. It
can be used to do autopsies, can be used for diagnosis, and also
for teaching surgery students," Persson said.
"The best thing about this table is that a large amount of data
can be stored, and data can be sent through the internet," he