Software could enhance the accuracy of keyhole surgery
Keyhole surgery could become easier thanks to new software that adds a virtual map of a patient’s body to the doctor’s video feed.
Researchers in London are developing a form of ‘augmented reality’ for robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery, where 3D video images from inside the body are overlaid with data collected from an MRI or CT scan.
This could allow surgeons to be much more precise as they move their instruments inside the body and help them avoid damaging tissue that they cannot see with an internal video camera alone.
November 27, 2012
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