Check out this real-time heartbeat simulator

3D model of the heart created based on user's CT scan

The folks at DigInfo News bring us another innovation in the field of health care, showing us how Japanese researchers have created a simulator that can show a person's heartbeat based on the user's CT scans and other pulsation data.

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The video discusses several use cases for the technology, including teaching doctors and students about the heart, as well as simulating heart attacks and virtual heart disease.

Pretty soon we'll be able to see virtual representations of everything inside our bodies. I'm just hoping that we never have to see a virtualization of the chili dog I ate for lunch.

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