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Urol Clin North Am. 2009 May;36(2):115-23, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.ucl.2009.02.012.

Image-fusion, augmented reality, and predictive surgical navigation.

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  • 1Department of Urology, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Kawaramachi-Hirokoji, Kyoto 602-8566, Japan. ukimura@koto.kpu-m.ac.jp

Abstract

Computer-aided surgical navigation systems with fusion or overlaying capability, coupled with newer position tracking systems, can provide new opportunities to improve the precision of minimally invasive urology. Three-dimensional feedback of spatial position of surgical targets, and the predictive ability to guide laparoscopic dissection along the ideal surgical plane, with built-in safety checks and balances may help to lay the foundation for automated surgery in the future.

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19406313
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10.1016/j.ucl.2009.02.012
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