How augmented reality gives one doctor surgical 'superpowers'

by Lisa Chamoff, Contributing Reporter | April 09, 2018
Operating Room X-Ray
From the April 2018 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

“I can identify areas in the Brainlab images that I want to navigate to or stay away from, and we’ll program the microscope to take me through the sequence of places that I’ve identified preoperatively,” Bederson says. “[We] … can either use what we’re seeing through the video feed or we can look at tractography from MRI scans. We can look at cranial nerves. We can say navigate away from this blood vessel that we can’t see yet, but we don’t want to get too close to it. Presumably, we’re going to get more control of what we do based on additional information.”

Dr. Joshua Bederson
The ultimate goal of the technology – an advanced airplane, so to speak – is to make Bederson’s job less daunting.

“What we want to do is make it easier for the surgeon, to reduce the workload and bring some of this navigation and simulated information into the field of view in a way that allows us to keep flying the plane while getting that information,” Bederson says. “That’s really the next step of integration.”

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