‘World’s first’ remote 3d keyhole surgery

Doctors are to perform the 'world's first' remote 3d keyhole surgery during a symposium at the University of Surrey.

Surgeons at the Royal Surrey County Hospital have collaborated with academics at the university on a large scale study into operator fatigue using 3d surgical equipment.

The cutting edge research aims to measure the changes in a surgeon's focus of attention during prolonged operations by incorporating eye tracking and computer vision technology into the 3d surgical environment.

The research has been undertaken to offer a unique opportunity to improve surgical safety and to further understanding of how the human brain functions while performing tasks involving complex hand to eye coordination.

Dr Windridge, pictured, who is leading the cognitive science aspect of the project, said: "By measuring attention while performing operations using state of the art 3d surgical equipment, this collaboration gives us a unique opportunity both to improve surgical safety and also address far reaching questions about how the human mind focuses attention while performing complex tasks."

Laura Hopperton

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