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Rock bands use 3D imaging technology developed for medical applications by Song Zhang and Nik Karpinsky

18 August 2010

Real-time 3D imaging technology developed by SPIE Members Song Zhang and Nik Karpinsky (Iowa State Univ.) with medical applications in mind has enertainment applications as well: two rock bands have used the technology in live and video performances.

Professor Zhang and graduate student Karpinsky developed a high-resolution real-time 3D imaging technology with the goal of visualizing the functions of internal organs. But last spring Zhang was approached by U2's people asking if the band could use his novel 3D imaging technology for a concert performance. He also has collaborated with Radiohead for their video "House of Cards." But it's the potential medical applications that really gets him excited.

Zhang coauthored two papers at the recent SPIE Optics and Photonics symposium in San Diego, and serves on the program committee for the annual conference Interferometry: Techniques and Analysis. He has contributed more than 25 papers to SPIE proceedings and journals.

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Read the full story from The Scientist.