Volumetric Rendering of Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Acquired Data [MRI]

Object Number: Stray2002

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Full-color portrait shows the front of a computerized image of a person's face in profile; the back of the head is exposed showing the brain; printed below the hologram is `Spatial Imaging Group, MIT Media Laboratory and Brigham and Women's Hospital'; medical hologram. Professor Stephen Benton's interest in optical phenomena developed at an early age while he was watching the 3d film, The House of Wax. Benton invented white light transmission (or "rainbow") holography at Polaroid in 1968. As a professor at MIT, Benton continued to explore the technology. In 1985, he created a 3d image of a green car floating in front of the Boston skyline that, unlike any previous hologram, was generated from a digital database. Benton thought this technique -- synthetic, or digital, holography -- would be very useful in medicine. That same year, Benton, members of his Spatial Imaging Group, and researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital collaborated to create this unique image of the human brain from MRI data. The coloring cues, partial transparency, and solid surfaces give this image context and add to its effectiveness. Throughout his life, Benton seamlessly blended art and technology. His creativity resulted in as many astonishing art pieces as breakthroughs in technology. [MIT 150 Exhibition label text]
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Holography Collection

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"This work illustrates synthetic holography's ability to aid in diagnosis utilizing non-invasive imaging techniques. Rendered from a discrete series of scanned MRI slices, interpolation, and data-enhancement techniques developed by the Group aid the viewer in recognizing the relative position of a tumor in the patient's brain. Coloring cues, partial transparency, and mixtures of transparent and solid surfaces give the image context and add to its effectiveness." (from display label used during exhibition)
8 in x 10 in
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"Volumetric Rendering of Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Acquired Data [MRI]", Hologram, 1989. MIT Museum, Cambridge MA. https://collections.mitmuseum.org/object/stray2002/
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