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    Default Surgeon Uses iPad to Complete Complex Liver Surgery


    A doctor in Germany turned to Apple's iPad for assistance in completing a sensitive liver surgery on a patient recently, sparking ample discussion about the future of mobile technology in the operating room.

    The procedure - which used the support of a tablet computer to access and visualize planning data - was hailed as one of the first surgeries of its kind in the nation.

    Developed by Fraunhofer MEVIS in Bremen, this procedure in question helps to "locate critical structures," which include tumors and vessels. If all continues to develop as planned, this resource may vastly improve the quality of transferring pre-operational resection plans into actual surgery, Reuters reports.

    In other words, attending surgeons can use the iPad to snap a pic of the liver and then use augment reality to overlay critical information upon the liver, giving them a clear outline of where the aforementioned "structures" are.

    Although the iPad is just now finding its way into the OR, there's an excellent possibility - if not probability - that tablets will soon be as customary in surgical procedures as scalpels.

    Source: Reuters

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    Hope it doesn't crash during the surgery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iYeow View Post
    Hope it doesn't crash during the surgery.
    I would be more worried about if he drops the iPad into the patients body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaddersRCool View Post
    I would be more worried about if he drops the iPad into the patients body.
    It's in a sterile bag

    If you read the Article, this is similar to my job except its brain surgery. It would be cool if we were able to overlay our 3D models in real-time with an iPad BUT I'm not sure how productive it would be to constantly grab the iPad to see where your target it. Instead, we have a 27" screen for the surgeon to look at or we overlay it through their microscope
    Last edited by thazsar; 08-22-2013 at 10:26 PM.

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