Virtual Surgery

Virtual Surgery

Doctors can simulate heart operations with the click of a mouse

By Erica Klarreich, 15:57 PM April 15, 2008

Board an airplane and you can rest assured that it underwent rigorous safety testing before its first flight and, in fact, before it was even built. You can feel confident that engineering software searched across a vast range of design parameters to find the most aerodynamic shape, the sleekest wings, the sturdiest fuselage. Competing designs were "test-flown" in computer simulations to predict how they would perform in both friendly and turbulent skies.

Go into the hospital for open-heart s...

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