This post is about a liver surgery from Germany which has been one of the first surgeries of its kind in the country with the support of a tablet computer to access and visualize planning data. This surgery was performed on August 15, 2013.
Professor Karl Oldhafer, chief physician of general and visceral surgery at the Asklepois Hospital, put a tablet computer into a sterile bag before the surgery. The tablet uses augmented reality, which allows the liver to be filmed with an ipad and overlaid during an operation with virtual 3D models reconstructed form the real organ.
Developed by Fraunhofer MEVIS in Bremen, this procedure helps locate critical structures such as tumors and vessels and is expected to improve the quality of transferring pre operational resection plans into actual surgery.