When using surgical loupes and other head mounted surgical instruments for an extended period of time, many surgeons experience fatigue during the procedure, which results in a lot of pain in the neck and upper back. This is primarily due to the surgeon being subjected to long periods of uncomfortable positions, due to the design of the surgical instrument. To combat this issue, the surgeon is required to have a larger freedom of movement, which will reduce the fatigue in the affected areas, and allow the surgeon to comfortably operate for longer periods of time.
The proposed design will incorporate an optical magnification system on a surgical head mounted display that will allow the surgeon to freely move their head and neck during the operation, while the optics are focused on the area of interest. The design will also include an infrared tracking system in order to acquire the field of view data, which will be used to control the optics. The reduction in neck pain will also be quantified using a clinically standardized numeric pain rating scale.
Ryan Deorajh, Peter Morcos, Jamil Jivraj, Joel Ramjist, and Victor X. D. Yang, "Design of a head mounted optical tracking system for surgical navigation (Conference Presentation)," Proc. SPIE 10050, Clinical and Translational Neurophotonics, 100500L (Presented at SPIE BiOS: January 29, 2017; Published: 19 April 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2256458.5370387597001.
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