By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Robotics & Machine Learning -- Investigators publish new report on Robotics. According to news originating from Geneva, Switzerland, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "Computerized management of medical information and 3D imaging has become the norm in everyday medical practice. Surgeons exploit these emerging technologies and bring information previously confined to the radiology rooms into the operating theatre."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Geneva University Hospital, "The paper reports the authors' experience with integrated stereoscopic 3D-rendered images in the da Vinci surgeon console. Volume-rendered images were obtained from a standard computed tomography dataset using the OsiriX DICOM workstation. A custom OsiriX plugin was created that permitted the 3D-rendered images to be displayed in the da Vinci surgeon console and to appear stereoscopic. These rendered images were displayed in the robotic console using the TilePro multi-input display. The upper part of the screen shows the real endoscopic surgical field and the bottom shows the stereoscopic 3D-rendered images. These are controlled by a 3D joystick installed on the console, and are updated in real time. Five patients underwent a robotic augmented reality-enhanced procedure. The surgeon was able to switch between the classical endoscopic view and a combined virtual view during the procedure. Subjectively, the addition of the rendered images was considered to be an undeniable help during the dissection phase. With the rapid evolution of robotics, computer-aided surgery is receiving increasing interest. This paper details the authors' experience with 3D-rendered images projected inside the surgical console. The use of this intra-operative mixed reality technology is considered very useful by the surgeon."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "It has been shown that the usefulness of this technique is a step toward computer-aided surgery that will progress very quickly over the next few years."
For more information on this research see: Augmented reality to the rescue of the minimally invasive surgeon. The usefulness of the interposition of stereoscopic images in the Da Vinci™ robotic console. The International Journal of Medical Robotics + Computer Assisted Surgery, 2013;9(3):e34-8.
The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from F. Volonte, Clinic for Visceral and Transplantation Surgery, Dept. of Surgery, Geneva University Hospital, Rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil 4, 1211, Geneva 14, Switzerland. Additional authors for this research include N.C. Buchs, F. Pugin, J. Spaltenstein, B. Schiltz, M. Jung, M. Hagen, O. Ratib and P. Morel.
Keywords for this news article include: Geneva, Europe, Surgery, Robotics, Switzerland, Machine Learning, Emerging Technologies.
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