Microsoft Kinect assists in surgery

By on May 19, 2012
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Allows hands-free manipulation of medical images.

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When Microsoft first launched Kinect, their hands-free motion gaming controller, they of course envisioned it changing the lives of gamers around the world. But since its launch, hobbyists and programming gurus have written all kinds of amazing hacks and programs to interface with the Kinect sensor.

But German researchers certainly have taken things forward with their custom Kinect installation that was trialed at a hospital in London. The test allowed a surgeon to manipulate and scroll through medical images while surgery was being performed on a patient. This is a task usually relegated to assistants who control the computer and manipulate images on behalf of the surgeon, but with this Kinect application the surgeon was able to perform everything without leaving the operating table.

“Up until now, I’d been calling out across the room to one of our technical assistants, asking them to manipulate the image, rotate one way, rotate the other, pan up, pan down, zoom in, zoom out,” says Tom Carrell, a consultant vascular surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital, where the test took place.

(via New Scientist)


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