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Virtual surgery

Mathematicians to help doctors practice on a "virtual you"

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By Stuart Wolpert

Published Nov 29, 2007 8:56 AM



A surgeon accidently kills a patient, undoes the error and starts over again. Can mathematics make such science fiction a reality?

The day is rapidly approaching when your surgeon can practice on your "digital double" — a virtual you — before performing an actual surgery, according to UCLA mathematician Joseph Teran, who is helping to make virtual surgery a viable technology.

See the complete story in UCLA Today Online.

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