Laparoscopic Surface Scanning for Image Registration
The challenge in making effective use of preoperative medical images (CT, MRI, etc.) during surgery is in determining the 3D coordinates inside the physical patient of features seen in the images. Surgeons currently do this in their heads, implying that the process is completely dependent on surgical skill, experience and hand-eye coordination. We seek to provide objective and highly accurate information to the surgeon, effectively producing “x-ray vision”, by scanning the tissue surface with a laser system.