"Brain Surgeons Get A Better View From Augmented Reality" - Sarah Toy
Brain surgery is never going to be easy. But augmented reality – blending digital imagery with the physical world – may help surgeons keep their focus at crucial moments during the task. Joshua Bederson, MD, professor and system chair of the department of neurosurgery at the Mount Sinai Health System and clinical director of the neurosurgery simulation, recently used augmented-reality technology to remove a three-centimeter-wide brain tumor in a 76-year-old man’s parietal lobe, a part of the brain that handles such information as touch and spatial orientation. Combining software that builds 3D models of the head and brain, a tracking camera that matches the patient’s facial features to those on the model and a powerful surgical microscope, Dr. Bederson was able to project a virtual image of the tumor and nearby structures directly onto the microscope’s field of view. Dr. Bederson said making use of the information that augmented reality technology offers is an easy choice. “I’ve already reached the point now in my own practice where it is so useful that I would not do certain cases without it if I had a choice,” he concluded.
- Joshua Bederson, MD, Professor, System Chair, Department of Neurosurgery, Mount Sinai Health System, Clinical Director, Neurosurgery Simulation Core