Computer-assisted surgery (CAS) is rapidly becoming an essential tool for surgical planning, guidance and training for procedures. We found our start in this field with the SARA project in 2018. Helping a neurosurgeon on his quest to project detailed 3D images of a patient's brain onto the surgeon's field of vision in augmented reality, during neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery. The SARA project will investigate the use of augmented reality to overlay a 3D rendering of medical images and planning information onto the patient’s anatomy during surgery. The aim is to enhance the computer-assisted surgery experience and reduce the cognitive pressure on surgeons.

UZ Brussels

Pushing the boundaries for AR in healthcare by enhancing the surgical process.



With Sara we were able to develop the following tools and components: - A pipeline that enables the accurate separation of anatomical structures in neuro- and orthopedic surgery - Voice & gesture controlled high quality rendering apps for wall-mounted displays and head-mounted devices for training, planning and visualization - A protocol for the evaluation of the AR application and user’s needs of the surgical team.

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The SARA project will result in several demonstrators for the use of AR apps in multiple surgical contexts. Detailed requirements lists, control recommendations and accuracy and reliability analyses will be produced as well. In addition, the feasibility of AR in surgery will be evaluated in view of future applications, as will surgeons’ views and attitudes on the use of AR in the operating room.

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Zullen chirurgen straks opereren met de hulp van "Augmented reality"?

VRT NWS - 01/12/2017