Microsoft Kinect-based technology for vascular surgery now being extended to neurosurgery

Researchers from the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University in England were part of a collaborative team from Microsoft Research (Cambridge, England), Guy's Hospital, St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, and King's College London (all in London, England) that developed a "touchless" Microsoft Kinect sensor-based technology for vascular surgery, which has been tested in the operating theatre and is now being explored for neurosurgery. The work explores the use of touchless interaction within surgical settings, enabling surgeons to view, control, and manipulate medical images without contact.

Related: 3D digital holograms visualize biomedical applications

Following the successful pilot of the technology in vascular surgery procedures, the team from Lancaster and Microsoft has partnered with neurosurgeons at Addenbrooke's NHS Foundation Trust and Cambridge University (both in Cambridge, England) to apply the technology—dubbed "Touchless Interaction"—to the manipulation of 3D volumetric models of the brain for neurosurgery. The new system is currently being piloted in operating theatres.

Surgeons operate in a challenging environment where they are required to maintain sterility at all times. Re-scrubbing is time-consuming; therefore, surgeons are frequently compelled to instruct others to manipulate visual-aid equipment for them, which is often an impractical and imprecise method.

The new gesture recognition-based systems utilize Kinect for Windows hardware and the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit to allow the surgery teams to maintain a sterile environment with the ability to view and manipulate medical images through a combination of gesture and voice control.

"Adapting the technology for neurosurgery has allowed us to understand how the system works across different surgical domains," explains Prof. Kenton O’Hara of Microsoft Research. "As well as refining the gesture set, the new system incorporates enhanced voice control that enables the surgeon to control the system using only voice, leaving both hands free to work with surgical instruments."

The touchless interaction software was developed by Gerardo Gonzalez, a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research from Lancaster University.

For more information, please visit


Don't miss Strategies in Biophotonics, a conference and exhibition dedicated to development and commercialization of bio-optics and biophotonics technologies!

Follow us on Twitter, 'like' us on Facebook, and join our group on LinkedIn

Subscribe now to BioOptics World magazine; it's free!

Get All the BioOptics World News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to BioOptics World Magazine or email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now
Related Articles

Merz acquires laser tattoo removal device maker ON Light Sciences

Merz North America has acquired ON Light Sciences, which develops technologies to enhance laser-based dermatology procedures.

Shortwave-infrared device could improve ear infection diagnosis

An otoscope-like device that could improve ear infection diagnosis uses shortwave-infrared light instead of visible light.

Laser therapy extracts rare tumor that grew human hair, skin in boy's skull

About four years ago, a tumor comprised of human skin, hair, bone and cartilage was fast-growing inside a Ramsey, MN, 10-year-old youth's brain.

Low-level laser therapy could speed muscle recovery at Rio 2016 Olympics

The gold medal-winning women’s U.S. Gymnastics team is reportedly experimenting with infrared light therapy to alleviate pain and reduce swelling in its athletes. (Update: A spokesperson for ...

Neuro15 exhibitors meet exacting demands: Part 2

Increasingly, neuroscientists are working with researchers in disciplines such as chemistry and p...

Why be free?

A successful career contributed to keeping OpticalRayTracer—an optical design software program—fr...

LASER Munich 2015 is bio-bent

LASER World of Photonics 2015 included the European Conferences on Biomedical Optics among its si...

White Papers

Understanding Optical Filters

Optical filters can be used to attenuate or enhance an image, transmit or reflect specific wavele...

How can I find the right digital camera for my microscopy application?

Nowadays, image processing is found in a wide range of optical microscopy applications. Examples ...



Twitter- BioOptics World

Copyright © 2007-2016. PennWell Corporation, Tulsa, OK. All Rights Reserved.PRIVACY POLICY | TERMS AND CONDITIONS