Don’t Let These Creepy Skeletons Get Under Your Skin

On Halloween night, from their haunted hiding places beneath the Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, scary skeletons will come to life in the dark depths of Hackerman Hall—and begin to dance!

It’s no holiday gag. These creepy projections are generated by magic mirrors, a new high-tech tool that’s designed to teach future physicians about anatomy. Perfectly harmless. We think…

The project is led by Nassir Navab, a Whiting School of Engineering computer science professor and director of the Computer-Aided Medical Procedures Lab, working with physicians from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The goal is to help tomorrow’s doctors get better acquainted with where critical body parts like bones, organs, blood vessels and muscles are typically nestled beneath the skin.

Spoiler alert: The teaching tool does not actually X-ray the people who stand in front of it. It inserts anatomically correct three-dimensional body parts within the participant’s outline.

If you visit the campus, you can check out the free public magic mirror screen in the third-floor south lobby of Malone Hall. It may be a bone-chilling experience….

Note: Related video here. Raw footage (interview and b-roll) here

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