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Private medical cover holders to benefit from 3D surgery?

Published on 10/01/2011
3D technology like that used in the cinema could bring benefits to private medical cover holders.

A new keyhole surgery technique has been developed in which two cameras inserted into the body send back 3D images.

This allows surgeons, who wear special glasses to view the images on a TV screen, to carry out cuts and stitching with greater accuracy.

The technique has been trialled by surgeons at the Royal County Hospital in Guildford, where four operations using the technology have taken place.

Previous attempts to use 3D imagery in keyhole surgery have been carried out, but doctors found the headgear to be too cumbersome.

"This technology is much better tolerated by the surgeon, as he wears light 3D specs, similar to those worn in a cinema, and can move around freely, while seeing the images as though he is looking at the organ in real life," said professor Ralph Smith, who was part of the surgical team at Royal County Hospital.

"We think this will have major benefits for patient safety and will improve training for surgeons, as their brain takes in images more easily if they're closer to reality."
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