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Medical applications for 3-D visualization software


Narrator:       This is Science Today. Geologist Dawn Sumner, of the University of California, Davis, is one of a team of researchers at the Keck Center for Active Visualization in the Earth Sciences, or Keck CAVES. Sumner is involved in building three-dimensional data visualization software with a wide variety of possible applications.

Sumner:        Our collaboration with Keck CAVES is really focused on computer scientists and geoscientists, however our software is widely usable in other fields. A lot of biology data can be visualized with the same software that I use to look at the three-dimensional geometry of rocks. One other very promising technology is remote collaboration, and that's reaching out to telemedicine and how you can train doctors, remotely, and help with things like surgery when an expert can't actually get to the location to do the work.

Narrator:       Currently, Sumner is using the software to advise NASA on their future Mars rover mission. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.