Surgeons use Kinect to manipulate medical imagery while performing surgery

Could greatly speed up surgery and improve efficiency for surgeons, according to researchers

Using Microsoft Kinect technology, surgeons may control medical imagery while performing surgery.

Surgeons can change, zoom in or out or move an image all together using simple hand gestures. The use of gestures gives surgeons great leeway in manipulating medical imagery without touching a screen, keyboard or mouse.

A group of researchers/scientists at Microsoft Research Cambridge used Kinect for Windows hardware and SDK to develop a system that allows surgeons to directly manipulate CT scans, MRIs, and other medical images using gestures.

The researchers believe if the system is successful, it could greatly speed up surgery and improve efficiency. The system is known as the ‘Touchless Interaction in Medical Imaging’.

The project is led by Helena Mentis, a postdoctoral researcher with the Socio-Digital Systems group at the Cambridge lab.

The researchers are also exploring other possibilities for the Kinect for Windows-based imaging system in medical practice. Already, the team is working on 3D models of the brain for neurosurgery that can be manipulated using the system.

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