The Cosmic Body
Fusing medical imaging technology with astronomy would allow astronomers to better visualize their data. "Phenomena nearly impossible to see with any conventional methods," becomes bright and dynamic, offering new insights into the nature of Universe.
The data she collects about star formation using radio telescopes looks a lot like the raw data that comes out of an MRI machine. When this data is entered into 3D Slicer (free, open source software), "you can instantly see where the dense regions are forming, where the high-energy jets are, where there are spherical winds coming out from stars."
"The Astronomical Medicine Project: Mapping New Frontiers in Astronomy and Medicine", a mini-documentary about the AstroMed project can be downloaded here.
While AstroMed is still in its infancy, one can only imagine what might emerge when technology designed to provide a better look into the body, becomes standard equipment for looking into the cosmos.
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