In image-guided surgery the surgeon must map pre-operative patient images from the navigation system to the patient on operating room (OR) table in order to understand the topology and locations of the anatomy of interest below the visible surface. This type of spatial mapping is not trivial, is time consuming, and may be prone to error. Using augmented reality (AR) we can register the microscope/camera image to pre-operative patient data in order to aid the surgeon in understanding the topology, the location and type of vessel lying below the surface of the patient. This may reduce surgical time and increasing surgical precision.
Our current projects in this area include: