augmented reality surgery with CAMDASS
feb 07, 2012
augmented reality surgery with CAMDASS


‘CAMDASS’ (‘computer assisted medical diagnosis and surgery system’) is designed to help deep space astronauts perform medical interventions on one another

developed by the european space agency for future astronauts, the ‘computer assisted medical diagnosis
and surgery system’ (‘CAMDASS’) is an augmented reality prototype to help non-experts accomplish
medical interventions. ‘although medical expertise will be available among the crew to some extent,’
explains biomedical engineer arnaud runge, ‘astronauts cannot be trained and expected to maintain skills
on all the medical procedures that might be needed.’

‘CAMDASS’ utilizes a 3D head-mounted display, linked to an infrared camera to track an ultrasound device.
AR markers are placed on a patient’s body to indicate important sites, and the system calibrates the display
relative to the viewer’s and patient’s positions. the headset displays floating markers that, when aligned
with the real markers on the patient’s body, indicate that the ultrasound probe (or other device) is in the right location.

‘CAMDASS’ has already been tested at the saint-pierre university hospital in brussels, belgium.
it currently functions only with ultrasound, which is available on the international space station,
but the research team anticipates its integration with other devices for additional surgical procedures.
the system would provide the assistance needed by responders in deep space, as well as in developing
areas or remote locations.


rendering of the system


AR view of the way in which a user is guided to properly align the ultrasound probe


prototype testing

via popsci

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