Wearable technology to increase safety during adolescent spine surgery: 5 takeaways

Megan Wood -   Print  |

Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, both in England, developed wearable technology to enhance safety during spine surgery for children with cerebral palsy, according to News-Medical.

Here are five takeaways:


1. Philip Breedon, a professor at Nottingham Trent University, and Michael Vloeberghs, a professor at Nottingham University Hospital, lead the research.


2. The team designed an "optical head-mounted display" that shows information in the surgeon's line of sight during spine surgery. This is in upgrade from the current circumstance, in which surgeons receive guidance from someone outside the operating room.


3. The transmitted information reveals the responsiveness of nerves, and surgeons can view this in real-time as they're working.


4. The technology is designed to improve surgery efficiency and create a safer, more informed surgical process.


5. A camera also fastens onto the head piece, which records the surgery for later use.


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