MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Doctors say 3D imaging technology developed at the
University of Minnesota was a key element in a recent surgery to separate
conjoined twins.

Doctors from the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital used technology from the school to create a reconstruction of the twins' hearts to prepare for the successful surgery.

Paisleigh and Paislyn Martinez were born conjoined from chest to abdomen. They
were connected at the chest, heart and liver.

Doctors also discovered that Paislyn had a congenital heart defect and that
Paisleigh was doing most of the work to keep them alive.

The surgery was completed in nine hours on May 25. The babies are expected to
remain in the hospital for another four to five months.