See what the surgeon sees

There is a new tool available that could turn surgical training on it’s head. Surgeons in training have studied drawings, photographs, x-rays, MRIs, and films of surgery, but they never knew what the inside of a living, breathing body looked like until they got into the OR. But a new head mounted camera can allow the viewer to see exactly what the person wearing the camera sees.

Moving with the wearer’s eyes, the camera records an event exactly from their perspective. There are many possible applications for such a camera, but imagine a future medical school in which students sit in a darkened film room. “What you are about to see was filmed at Duke University in 2012,” the professor says.  “Caucasian male, age 37, admitted for a Mitral valve replacement. Surgeon is known for working fast, and this operation goes perfectly. We’ll watch the whole thing in real time and tomorrow we’ll study it in detail.”

Or imagine a surgeon planning a young man’s second heart operation. He picks up the phone and asks his assistant “Did they use the HeadCam the first time they operated?” When the assistant checks the file and reports that the camera was used, the surgeon requests the tape. “Let’s see what the patient’s heart looked like then, I don’t want to stumble into anything unexpected.”

That’s not just cool…. it’s WAY cool!

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