What a Brain Surgeon's Virtual Reality Tool and Pokemon Go Have in Common
Friday, July 22, 2016
Posted by: Julie Briggs
Augmented reality, a technology that many are now familiar with due to the widely popular game, Pokemon Go, is being used for more than just catching Pokemon. Mount Sinai's Chairman of Neurosurgery, Dr. Joshua Bederson, was featured on ABC News, showing how he is using a similar technology called CaptiView, which he believes could be the future of brain surgery.
"We’re bringing together several different technologies in this surgery. The first is 3-D visualization of the aneurysm in a way that simulates the actual anatomy a little more accurately than we have done in the past," he told ABC News before the surgery.”
"The analogy would be a GPS that we use in our car. We know more or less where we’re supposed to go much of the time. But if we have a map that’s updated in real time and we can see the position of our car in relation to that map while we’re driving, it can make the drive a little more efficient, maybe even a little safer," he said.
While this technology is still being fined tuned, Dr. Bederson is hopeful for the future. It could someday advance to the point where robots may take over some basic surgeries, he said.
Watch the video featuring Dr. Bederson, and read the article by Gillian Mohney, ABC News, here.