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How doctors are using augmented reality to prepare for the OR

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(WNDU) – Pokemon GO, the mixed reality game that captivated millions and inspired them to find this 3D holographic character superimposed on their reality, is coming to life in OR .

Brain Rebolledo, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon at Scripps Clinic La Jolla, said:

Scripps orthopedic surgeon Brian Rebolledo is one of the first in the country to use 3D hologram technology to gain more insight on the operating table during surgery.

“We get a detailed map of the patient’s anatomy and we take that map to the operating room. We can bring it right next to the patient,” said Dr. Rebolledo.

Before surgery, a CT scan is used to create a hologram of the patient’s shoulder.

“This technology works in a headset that we use in the operating room. It’s through voice and hand control commands,” said Dr. Rebolledo.

Surgeons can rotate, zoom in and out on the hologram model and compare it with the patient’s own anatomy in real time.

“This will minimize the risk of improper placement and hopefully the risk of loosening over time, minimizing the risk to the soft tissue around the shoulder.

Making this new technology a true game changer in the operating room.

Before 3D holograms, surgeons relied on X-rays and CT scans to guide them. This gives you a more realistic picture of what is actually happening. The Scripps Clinic is one of 33 US medical institutions using mixed reality technology for shoulder replacement surgery.

Used by shoulder surgeons including Dr. Freehill at Summit Computer 3D modeling technology Convert patient preoperative imaging studies into 3D computer models.

Using that model, Dr. Freehill said: Using this technology, it is possible to predict the type and placement of implants and even generate special guides for optimal implant alignment during shoulder replacement surgery. ”

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