Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Hot Technology Supplement - April 2018

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

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analysis, which showed keeping the cases in-house would let the facility pay off an image- guidance system of its own within a year. "We're really happy with the sys- tem we chose and it's worked well for us for the last 4 years," says Ms. Cunningham, who's constantly keeping tabs on new develop- ments in image guidance so she's prepared for the inevitable technolo- gy upgrade. When it's time for her (and you) to shop for a new sys- tem, there are several cool new innovations to consider. 1. Augmented reality "For a decade, there hadn't been much advancement in navigation sys- tems for ENT," says Martin Citardi, MD, chair of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery in McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in Houston and an attending physician at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. "But now there are 2 or 3 systems with new and competing technologies. It'll be interesting to watch how this new technology gets a foothold." Dr. Citardi isn't just watching; he's used one of these new systems to perform the first U.S. sinus surgery using augmented reality (AR) for navigating the sinus cavity. AR merges the digital with the real world. "Five years ago, everyone was talking about virtual reality (VR), but that's faded," says Dr. Citardi. "AR is much more applicable to sur- gery." A P R I L 2 0 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 2 7 • AUGMENTED REALITY (A) A CT scan shows the position of the instrument outlined in green. (B) Colored rings light up and disappear as instruments pass through. Martin J. Citardi, MD

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