Augmented Reality Laparoscopic Surgery Allows Video to be Displayed Directly on the Patient's Body
Augmented reality-assisted surgery is a surgical tool utilizing technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a surgeon’s view of the operative field, thus providing a composite view for the surgeon of the patient with a computer-generated overlay enhancing the operative experience.
The technology includes a motion-tracking system using infrared cameras and markers on the patient's body, as well as a projector to display the laparoscopic videos taken by the laparoscopic camera. But the really difficult part is having the image track properly on the patient's body even as they shift and move. The solution is customized software written that gets all of the components working together.
One way augmented reality could participate in surgeries would be through head-mounted displays (HMD). These are similar to current VR glasses, or smartglasses. Without obstructing a doctor's view of the patient, HMD could show the patients vital signs, steps in the surgery, medical images, and so on. This would allow doctors to have all the necessary information right in front of them. At the same time, they could focus on the procedure without having to look away or having their vision obstructed.