A team of engineers, University of Toronto residents and Sunnybrook cancer surgeons are doing much more than playing games with their *Xbox *Kinect – they are using the technology during surgery to view critical patient imaging.
"We have created a software and hardware combination that works with the *Microsoft *Kinect – a hands-free control device for use with *Xbox gaming system. Our system uses 3D data from the *Kinect to spot the surgeon and follow his or her gestures and poses.
This allows the surgeon to control programs on the computer without ever touching it or breaking sterility," says Matt Strickland, a general surgery resident and engineer who co-developed the innovation with colleagues Jamie Tremaine and Greg Brigley.
"Image-guidance is especially important in cancer surgery; [it] acts like the surgeon's GPS, telling us exactly where everything is inside the patient. And now the surgeon can directly control all of this with a simple wave of the hand -- to manipulate the view more specifically to his or her own thinking," says Dr. Calvin Law, surgical oncologist at Sunnybrook.
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