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SCIENCE IN THE NEWS - Video Game Technology to Save Lives

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Video Game Technology to Save Lives
Video Game Technology to Save Lives

A hospital in the American state of Texas is using video game technology to help doctors save patients' lives. The technology shows detailed pictures of patients' bodies. Doctors then use the pictures to plan and perform operations.

The new imaging technology is called Plato's CAVE.

Dr. Brian Butler is a cancer specialist at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. He is also the lead creator of CAVE.

"Computer engineers and video gamers really propelled this type of technology into a possibility."

Complex images



CAVE turns information from other medical imaging machines -- such as CT, MRI and PET scanners – into complex pictures of the human body.

CAVE images look like video game graphics: they appear almost real. And, doctors can play with CAVE images. They can touch the video screen to make the images turn, grow, shrink or change direction.

Precision



Mas Takashima is a doctor who uses Plato's CAVE. He says the technology is important because it helps doctors imagine operations in advance.

"When you have the data so you can then visualize exactly what's going on, it definitely decreases the stress level or the anxiety level of just wondering, 'oh, is there a possibility that that blood vessel might be, you know, wrapped around this tumor?'"

Recently, doctors used CAVE technology to plan a difficult operation. Their patient had accidentally shot himself with an arrow. The doctors could see where the arrow had entered the man's head. They also could see how close it was to critical blood vessels.

Medical images are a relatively new field. But CAVE is an important development. And it is just the beginning, experts say. As technology changes, medical images will only improve.

This story was based on a report by George Putic. It was written for Learning English by Kelly Jean Kelly.

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Words in the News

image - n. a reproduction of the appearance of a person or thing

shrink - v. to make or become less in size, weight or value

tumor - n. a mass of tissue made up of abnormal cells

arrow - n. a weapon that is usually a stick with a point at one end

Now it's your turn to use these words in the news.

In the comment section, write a sentence using one of these words in the news and we will provide feedback on the use of vocabulary and grammar.

网友的学习评论(3条):
作者:tom
the image of environmental protection is shrinking.with the development of the technology,the tumor can be removed just as an arrow can be pulled out.
作者:tomwangla
I image that Engish study time likes water in a sponge. there would be enough if you shrink it.
作者:peti
cave。 for other ct mar ,pictures in body' they appear real / touch the screen'change direction. the tec is important; konw what;s going on; doc use tec opeortion,see how close it was ,, new field. just the beginning , tec will be improved/
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