August 22, 2013 1:04 PM EST
First iPad Liver Surgery And Other Gadgets Loved By Surgeons [MUST SEE PHOTOS]
The uses of the popular iPad come in a huge assortment whether it is for emailing, gaming and a lot more. But did anyone ever imagine using it to remove a tumor from a human liver?
According to Reuters reporter Fabian Bimmer, he himself was surprised when his boss asked him to cover such a story. He joined a medical team led by Professor Karl Oldhafer, the chief of Asklepios Clinique's general and physical surgery department in Hamburg-Barmbek, Germany.
Mr Bimmer recalls Mr Oldhafer entering the surgery room who brought the iPad with him. Using the iPad, the tumors were spotted and localised in the liver. With the help of 'augmented reality' the liver was filmed using the iPad gadget. During the operation, there were virtual and 3D models that were remade from the genuine organ of the patient.
This liver surgery procedure with the use of an iPad was developed by Fraunhofer MEVIS which helps in recognising critical formations of tumors and other vessels of the body. Medical experts expect the procedure to offer considerable improvements in the quality of transferring plans before the operation and right into the actual surgery. Such studies were all according to Bianka Hofmann who is also from the same mentioned institute.
Aside from the iPad, there are other modern gadgets that surgeons and doctors love using during their most intricate procedures. One of these is the electronic catheter which is used for heart tissue corrections. There are also apps and other mobile devices that are getting the interests of the majority of doctors out there.
SurgAware is one good example of these apps made available for devices that are powered by the iOS and the Android. It tells input information about the surgery that the patient will go through. The surgeons can get to send such info to their patients once they asked about the procedure they will go through.
Other apps adored by surgeons include the ShoulderDecided MD, PreOpEval, Safe Surgery and Surgical Logbook.
Check out the slideshow for some pictures taken during the actual first iPad liver surgery!