A new surgical tool that combines state-of-the-art technology from Microsoft Kinect (sensor technology) and Google Glass (optical wearable technology) is set to transform complex life-saving operations.
The tool, called Chimaera, has been developed by product design firm Cambridge Consultants. It uses preoperative CT scan data to create a 3D image of the area to be operated on, enabling surgeons to identify and highlight critical structures, such as nerves and blood vessels.
The technology then guides the surgeon to the precise location of a procedure – even deep within the body – helping to ensure the surgical device stays on a predetermined safe pathway.
During the operation, the actual view from the surgical tool is superimposed onto the preoperative plan on a screen, so that the surgeon can ‘see’ exactly where they are within the body at any point during an operation.
"This novel surgical device has the potential to fundamentally change the surgical experience by giving the surgeon a new dimension of information in an easy-to-use way," said Simon Karger, head of surgical and interventional products at Cambridge Consultants.
"Specifically, it opens the door to a new generation of neurostimulation implant procedures. And, more generally, it will enable more surgeons to carry out complex operations at lower risk and with better results for patients."