Kinect Technology Advances Surgery
Kinect Sensor Allows Surgeons to Manipulate 3-D CT Images in Midair
This video demonstrates using a Kinect sensor (typically used with an X-Box 360 video gaming platform) to control 3-D rendered CT images using TeraRecon technology. This advancement is being developed at the Center for Biomolecular Imaging at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. At the CBI, we take stacks of 2-D images from a CT scan and render them in 3-D using software by TeraRecon, Inc. Typically, we use a mouse to control the 3-D rendering system to rotate and view the images. Using the Kinect sensor, a surgeon can manipulate the 3-D visualization in midair without having to move the mouse, thus enhancing surgical technique and outcome.