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AR Tool Shown to Help Surgeons Remotely Guide First Responders in Battlefield-Like Scenarios

By Purdue University News

July 31, 2020

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Researchers from Purdue University and the Indiana University School of Medicine have developed and tested an augmented reality (AR) headset that helps surgeons remotely guide medics through performing surgery in simulated war zones.

The System for Telementoring with Augmented Reality (STAR) transmits a recorded view of the operating environment to the surgeon, who employs a touchscreen to annotate the recording with drawings of how to complete a surgical procedure.

First responders can see the surgeon's instructions directly on their view through the headset.

Tests evaluated first responders performing cricothyroidotomies to open a blocked airway on a patient simulator in both indoor and outdoor settings, with battlefield-like visual and audio distractions; even those with little to no experience beforehand operated successfully after receiving instructions from surgeons through the system.

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