Goodbye flat images. Hello holography. Sometime in the not-too-far-distant future cardiologists may work with projected 3D holograms of the heart instead of images on a flat screen. And this is just the beginning of a technology-driven transformation of cardiology.
That’s the vision of Mount Sinai’s Partho Sengupta, who delivered a widely praised technology-gone-wild lecture at the annual meeting of the American Society of Echocardiography last month. The Feigenbaum lecture featured holograms of projected 3D digital images and animation to demonstrate, according to a Mt. Sinai press release, “the latest technology and future applications of functional echocardiography to more precisely analyze the structure, function and flow patterns of the cardiovascular system.”
Sengupta’s talk even featured an interactive discussion between Sengupta and a holographic projection of his mentor, James Seward, the retired former director of echocardiography at the Mayo Clinic. The conversation with Seward brought to mind Princess Leia’s holographic plea for help from Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars.