Medical visualisation is the use of computers to create 3D images from medical imaging data sets. It's a relatively young field of science, relying heavily on advances in computing for its horsepower.
Despite its youth, these techniques have revolutionised medicine. Much of modern medicine relies on the 3D imaging that is possible with magnetic resonance imaging scanners and computed tomography (CT) scanners, which make 3D images out of 2D slices. Almost all surgery and cancer treatment in the developed world relies on it.
So an interesting question is where medical visualisation will take us next. Today, Charl Botha at the Leiden University Medical Center in The Netherlands, and a few friends take a short tour of the history of medical visualisation and throw some light on the future of this fascinating field.