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Design could Revolutionize Spinal Surgery

12th October, 2015

[Source:  Medical News Today]
Researchers have designed a way to improve the safety and efficiency of a complex surgical procedure for children with cerebral palsy by using wearable technology like Google Glass.
The design, by Nottingham Trent University in collaboration with Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, allows clinicians to be given crucial surgical information live in theatre via an optical head-mounted display unit during the operation on a child’s spine.
The procedure – a selective dorsal rhizotomy – involves the severing of two-thirds of a nerve root in order to improve the muscle stiffness children with cerebral palsy experience in their limbs.
Currently a surgeon has to perform this operation based on information relayed to him verbally by a colleague on a screen elsewhere in the operating theatre.
But the new design will project the information – which presents how responsive the nerves are – onto the lens of the optical head-mounted display, so he can monitor it while performing the surgery.
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