Fraunhofer study shows surgical benefits of 3D systems

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Findings of a new study show that even the most experienced surgeons stand to benefit from 3D technology.

While physicians have largely ignored 3D technology until now, it appears to be getting a second chance, according to a new study from the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI and Klinikum rechts der Isar university hospital in Munich.

Thanks in particular to improved 3D glasses and screens, practical tests have recently shown that 3D systems used in medical technology have benefits that were once believed to be purely theoretical. The researchers showed that even experienced physicians could benefit from the latest generation of 3D devices.

In the past, many doctors have been sceptical of 3D images. In tests conducted over the course of the study, however, some 50 surgeons responded positively to 3D systems both with and without glasses.

'While the technology still requires some fine-tuning, technology that does without the need to wear special glasses will increase the popularity of 3D systems in operating rooms. In the past, surgeons were hesitant to use the technology precisely because of the glasses,' said Dr Ulrich Leiner, head of the interactive media/human factors department at HHI.

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