MacNN | German surgeon completes liver operation with help from iPad
Mac News Network View: Standard | Headlines | Categorized | Slim
Mac News Network
Mac News iPod News Reviews Forums
 

Desktop Headlines
German surgeon completes liver operation with help from iPad
Thursday, August 22, 2013 @ 2:47am

While the iPad is well known to be a versatile tool, rarely has it been used to help doctors complete a surgery more efficiently and with a lower chance of complications, but that is what happened in Bremen, Germany -- with the surgeons using an augmented-reality application and the iPad's camera (along with some pre-existing scans) to complete a liver operation. In the operation, a picture of the patient's liver was taken using the iPad's camera, then supplemented with the information from the 3D scans using a custom app.



Ahead of the operation, doctors created a 3D map of the patient's liver using conventional medical imaging technology. This information was then combined with a photo of the organ taken during the early stages of the operation by the surgeon, using the iPad's camera (caution: graphic images). The photo was combined with the scan information to create a virtual map of the individual's liver, showing exactly where tumors, major blood vessels and other obstacles unique to the patient were located, reports AppleInsider. The technology makes the surgery far more efficient and lets doctors avoid potential complications and reduce the possibility of errors. The augmented-reality technique could have implications for other organs and operations, for example removing tumors from the pancreas or being even more precise when excising cancerous cells. The liver operation in Bremen marks one of the first times the iPad has been used in such a procedure.

Comments on this Article
Print Friendly Version
Email to a Friend
Add MacNN to Your RSS Feeds
Buy from the Apple Store


Related Stories:

Today's MacNN Stories:

  • Daily Deals: Toshiba 5TB external drive, Twelve South, Samsung printer - 2:25 PM EST
  • App Update: OmniFocus, Scrapbook, Notefile, more - 1:25 PM EST
  • FTC finds Machinima responsible for Xbox One ad 'deceptive conduct' - 1:25 PM EST
  • Briefly: Hulu commercial-free option, Amazon Instant Video offline - 12:45 PM EST
  • Apple again adds 18 more financial partners to Apple Pay list - 12:25 PM EST
  • Comcast tests $30 fee to remove Internet service data cap in Florida - 11:50 AM EST
  • Asustor rolls out quartet of Broadwell-powered NAS appliances - 11:48 AM EST
  • One More Thing podcast episode 2: Downton Apple - 11:20 AM EST
  • Troll Touch debuts TrollCover IR plug-and-play touchscreen for iMacs - 11:03 AM EST
  • Polaroid Snap resurrects instagram-like photos for 21st century - 10:13 AM EST
  • MacNN Deals: Software offers to organize and protect your Mac - 10:12 AM EST
  • Netgear launches D7800 X4S Nighthawk VDSL/ADSL Modem Router - 9:15 AM EST
  • Asus shows RT-AC5300 router with eight antennas at IFA - 9:12 AM EST
  • Toshiba Q300, Q300 pro SSD line unveiled at IFA trade show - 8:57 AM EST
  • Hands On 30/30 2.1.4 (iOS) - 8:32 AM EST
  • Toshiba completely refreshes desktop, laptop hard drive lines - 8:30 AM EST
  • WD shows My Book Pro Thunderbolt 2 RAID 0,1 drive array - 8:13 AM EST
  • Intel details entire range of sixth-generation Skylake processors - 7:57 AM EST
  • Second Apple vs Samsung damages retrial set for March or April - 12:03 AM EST

    Today's iPodNN Stories:
  • So long, and thanks for everything! - 2:31 PM EST
  • Lizard Squad member convicted over 50,700 computer crime charges - 9:58 AM EST
  • Microsoft offers grants to universities for HoloLens research - 7:25 AM EST
  • LG Display starts mass production of AIT display panels for notebooks - 7:47 AM EST
  • Briefly: EE fined £1M in UK, Unofficial YouTube app on Android Wear - 11:14 AM EST
  • No comments posted on this story yet. Please post yours.
    Your Comments
    In order to post comments, you must be a registered member of the MacNN Forums and logged in. Please login with your MacNN Forums username and password.

    MacNN Forums Login:

    MacNN Forums Password:

    Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.