Virtually Transparent Epidermal Imagery for Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site Surgery

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surgery, cameras, endoscopes, viewing angle, virtually transparent epidermal imagery, laparoendoscopic single site surgery, prototype implementation, VTEI system, LESS surgery, micro wireless cameras, multiview mosaicing technique

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This paper presents a novel design, and prototype implementation, of a virtually transparent epidermal imagery (VTEI) system for laparo-endoscopic single-site (LESS) surgery. The system uses a network of multiple, micro wireless cameras and multiview mosaicing technique to obtain a panoramic view of the surgery area. This view provides visual feedback to surgeons with large viewing angles and areas of interest so that the surgeons can improve the safety of surgical procedures by being better aware of where the surgical instruments are relative to tissue and organs. The prototype VTEI system also projects the generated panoramic view on the abdomen area to create a transparent display effect that mimics equivalent, but higher risk, open-cavity surgeries.

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2011 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Boston, MA, 2011, p. 2107-2110.