A team of VUB ETRO and imec researchers is developing a technology that projects medical scans on the body of patients in real time during surgery. Using augmented reality (AR), the 3D models are shown in the exact place of operation, allowing for more precision. Also, the AR technology can be used to train medical students.
Generally, surgeons use MR or CT scans that are projected on a screen during an operation. This means that they have to divide their attention between the screen and the patient. The SARA project is now looking at using AR to give 3D images of these scans that overlap with the patients, helping surgeons to keep their eyes on them. The goal is to improve upon computer-supported surgery and to decrease cognitive pressure on the doctors.