Rose studies how augmented reality could increase surgical precision

Austin S. Rose, MD, FARS, Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, studies the use of 3D image guidance with the help of Microsoft’s HoloLens to deliver better care and efficiency in the operating room.

Rose studies how augmented reality could increase surgical precision click to enlarge Austin S. Rose, MD, FARS
Rose studies how augmented reality could increase surgical precision click to enlarge Augmented reality model.

Austin S. Rose, MD, FARS has been conducting research on augmented reality and its benefits to surgeons in the operating room for the past two years with the assistance of the UNC Department of Computer Science. Rose believes that AR will give surgeons a greatly enhanced view of their patients during surgery as "you get to see everything plus a superimposed transparent layer of the relevant surgical anatomy".

In work recently published in The Laryngoscope, a physical model was created including a reproduction of the internal organs in the head and neck with fiducial markers attached prior to imaging. The team developed an AR system that allowed for accurate localization of pathology and normal anatomic landmarks. In addition, a face validity study revealed the potential value of the system for #D intraoperative image guidance. 

This approach could prove helpful in many ways - especially in protecting normal structures such as nerves and arteries, while enhancing the ability to find tumors that could not be seen before. 

Read more about the project and its findings here

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