Friday, July 21, 2017

3D Heads-Up Vitreoretinal Surgery Next Step AR and VR

As consumers we are all aware of the rapid advancing technology using current items available on the consumer market. Many of these can be adapted for scientific and surgical use.

3D heads-up vitreoretinal surgery is entering prime time  

A small camera box attaches to any microscope where the oculars usually are, and stunning views are displayed on a 55-inch HD 4K monitor. The surgeon wears polarized glasses or clip-ons, sits back in the chair, and operates looking heads-up at the screen. There are many advantages to operating with a 3D viewing system, but below are a few that I personally think are great features.

(1) Low illumination surgery . (2) Ergonomics. (3) Educational.  (4) OR synergy. (5) Beautiful videos. (6) Image overlays

This technology is also being applied to other fields of medicine, orthopaedic, neurosurgery and laparoscopic techniques.  It will have applications for chest surgery as well, and other micro-incisional surgeries.

Oculus Rift Samsungs and Google's VR viewers can be easily adapted for these applications

3D Heads-Up Vitreoretinal Surgery

Author notes:  Gary Levin M.D. is a board certified ophthalmologist. He was educated at George Washington University and Albany Medical Center. His clinical experience included 30+ years as a comprehensive ophthalmologist and as a voluntary faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He blogs at Health Train Express and Digital Health Space. His other interests include the adoption of digital information to clinical medical care. His resume can be found on Linkedin.
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