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 Surgeons may get Minority Report-style display

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Date posted: 17/06/2008

Ben Gurion University engineers have developed a sterile browsing system for doctors, using a screen and gesture-recognition system that allows surgeons to flip back and forth through radiology images, such as MRI and CT scans, by simply groping in mid-air.

Their system, called Gestix, comprises a colour video camera above a flat, widescreen monitor placed next to the operating table. The video signal from the camera is fed to a PC, where software trained to detect the colour of the surgeon's gloves tracks the movements of their hand.

Unlike the EyeToy and Wii gaming systems, which require the user to hit target areas on a screen or hold a controller, Gestix simply requires the surgeon to learn eight gestures. These include swishing the hand right or left to go back or forth through a preloaded image sequence, or clockwise and counterclockwise to zoom in and out.

In tests of the sterile browsing system during brain surgery, the researchers say the system did what it was asked to do 96 percent of the time.

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