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Arch Surg. 2004 Feb;139(2):170-4.

Augmented reality in surgery.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. shuhaibr@uic.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the history and current knowledge of computer-augmented reality in the field of surgery and its potential goals in education, surgeon training, and patient treatment.

DATA SOURCES:

National Library of Medicine's database and additional library searches.

STUDY SELECTION:

Only articles suited to surgical sciences with a well-defined aim of study, methodology, and precise description of outcome were included.

DATA SYNTHESIS:

Augmented reality is an effective tool in executing surgical procedures requiring low-performance surgical dexterity; it remains a science determined mainly by stereotactic registration and ergonomics. Strong evidence was found that it is an effective teaching tool for training residents. Weaker evidence was found to suggest a significant influence on surgical outcome, both morbidity and mortality. No evidence of cost-effectiveness was found.

CONCLUSIONS:

Augmented reality is a new approach in executing detailed surgical operations. Although its application is in a preliminary stage, further research is needed to evaluate its long-term clinical impact on patients, surgeons, and hospital administrators. Its widespread use and the universal transfer of such technology remains limited until there is a better understanding of registration and ergonomics.

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