Cancer surgeon sets up Kinect in OR

Toronto-based Dr. Calvin Law using Microsoft's motion-sensing add-on to view MRI, CT scan data directly from patient's side, obviating resterilization process.

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Microsoft plans to officially release a PC software development kit for the Xbox 360 add-on Kinect this spring, but already, amateur tinkerers have been using the camera-based motion-sensing peripheral in ways that extend well beyond games. Following on from the flying Quadrotor and iRobot vacuum variant, the latest inspired use for Kinect can be found in Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre's surgery room.

The Canadian Online Explorer reports today that Dr. Calvin Law and his team in Toronto have begun using Kinect as a way to view patient imaging data during surgery. The primary draw to Kinect is its hands-free nature, which lets Dr. Law and his associates view MRI and CT scan data while conducting surgery.

Now Dr. Law has a perfectly legitimate explanation for any blood splatters on the walls and ceiling.

The interface was designed by University of Toronto general surgery resident and engineer Matt Strickland, with help from mechatronics engineer Jamie Tremaine and computer engineer Greg Brigley. The trio first set up the Kinect sensor on a remote computer and then connected that output to a suspended screen in the operating room. The surgeon would then make gestures recognized by Kinect to view the relevant data.

Prior to implementing the device, the surgeon would be required to leave the operating area to view the data, memorize the information, and then resterilize to continue the procedure. According to Dr. Law, he has used Kinect in six liver cancer surgeries over the past month.

Discussion

156 comments
dotppY
dotppY

@Sidivan, it's not only about fixing issues, it's also about improving and easing the job for the personnel, that in exchange lower the death rates...

ck02623
ck02623

@Phatjam98 I believe that software allowing the tracking of objects in 3d space counts as technology; the word technology is not limited to new pieces of hardware. I don't understand the need for your reply to my post, other than some sort of self-gratification through condescension. Thanks for reading.

Sidivan
Sidivan

@shim0 I'm not talking about right now. I'm in full support of Kinect being used for this now. I'm talking about 3, 5, 10, 15 years ago. Why wasn't this a problem then? If it were a serious issue, then a solution would have been found. Multiple monitors with information, sterilized plastic data sheets, or a camera/guy in another room were all possible AND feasible solutions (granted having a full time guy is the most expensive). In all other cases, when there's a major problem, people spend money to solve it. It seems nobody was addressing this "problem" before as the solution was "Memorize the data and scrub back up". It seems that the Kinect is solving a problem nobody gave a crap about before.

shim0
shim0

@Sidivan Because OR andor that kind of personnel not only requires salary, which is much more than what a Kinect(or equivalent) would be, but also training. And that is what is lacking in Canadian's health care... It is much more financially rewarding to study here (with one of the lowest Degree-cost in the world) and go practice in the US or some other place where you can do 10x the salary.

cabose38
cabose38

@killa32130 Yeah, I understand that. I was just being facetious.:P

Yajarobi
Yajarobi

I feel bad for Move...no I dont

Blue-Sky
Blue-Sky

Seems like kinect is better for everything except gaming.

Sidivan
Sidivan

@shim0 You misunderstood my post. I didn't mean to have an orderly in the OR with a laptop... I agree that the Kinect is a valuable tool. My point was why didn't we do this exact same thing with a regular camera and an orderly in another room PRIOR to the Kinect being around. I mean, it seems like if there was an actual issue somebody would've thought of a solution years ago; regardless of expense.

leo316r
leo316r

wow cool. now lets wait till some one uses kinect motion sensor at bed mhuahahahahaha

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@TimeWiseChubert If you don't have Kinect, perhaps you shouldn't make comments like you've made sparky, then you won't sound quite so dumb.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@TimeWiseChubert "you really are freaking stupid! Like I said, it i useless. You like it? Enjoy it! Dumbass." Um, wanna look at what you wrote and maybe reconsider which of us is a Dumbass? it i useless? LOL Good job sparky.

TimeWiseChubert
TimeWiseChubert

@Phatjam98 you really are freaking stupid! Like I said, it i useless. You like it? Enjoy it! Dumbass.

MichaeltheCM
MichaeltheCM

wow! very cool :) crazy to see what people can do with technology these days :)

mer1in79
mer1in79

With the release of The Kinect Developing kit is exactly what it needs it will be the home tinkerers who will use kinect in ways developers never thought of and hopefully give them ideas and a way to use kinect that isn't about silly mini games.

hahamanin
hahamanin

lol ps move competing with kinect shouts by ps3fanboys.....shud be officially dead now.....dont hate me m a nintendo fan boy

enzyme36
enzyme36

kinect motion sensing is a great technology that can advance user interface in many areas in the future... I just do not think gaming is the best application for it

UnderSeven
UnderSeven

@BILLNYE6983 People constantly say it's bad technology. People say it's just a lame newer version of the eyetoy.. or whatever the sony thing was called. But they're wrong and here's proof. The Kinect is awesome tech no matter how you feel about microsoft. This kind of application is where we'll see these ideas take off, the name kinect matters not, what matters is true motion and gesture control. But yes, people have called it bad tech, no doubt people reading this very thread. I hope they recognize at least that they were wrong.

spooky102
spooky102

I say this is good. Even though I'm not really a fan of Kinect and its games which many are not really good but with a few exceptions, I see this device has potential but I say maybe not that much for video games as for something like this. Little by little Kinect is becoming less of a gaming device and I won't be surprised if it won't be getting so many games anymore and that it will be used for soemthing else. Also, PS Move hasn't shown any potential and is just a copy of the Wii Remote Plus. It doesn't have good games out there too really, maybe just 2 or 3 so I can see why some Sony fanboys/trolls are just coming to criticise here. I don't see any Nintendo fan complaining here but rather just Sony fanboys. I'm a Nintendo fan myself and I'm not complaining because it is great to see a great piece technlogy used for something more than games. Not really a Kinect fan nor a fan of the games like I said but I really say this device has alot of potential and can be used for much more than gaming.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Just goes to show other people know how to make things for the Kinnect better than Microsoft.

DitchyJ
DitchyJ

I am impressed that microsoft let the world tinker and develop there own software for it..it will be good to see what some people do with it. As for those who are whining about the move and kinect "its not for normal/hardcore gamers" well stop whining about it...no1 is making you buy it. Casual gaming is in a league of its own..whining to people on forums saying "kinect is sh** etc" will not stop people from buying it, and will make you look like a jelous shut in who has nothing better to do. I like all types of gaming and tbh...it can be a nice change to play somthing more active such as the kinnect. Somthing that lets you have fun and burns calories has gotta be somewhat of a benifit than those who sit on there arse all day :P Keep smiling

JusticeFromSeed
JusticeFromSeed

Not a bad idea, at all. And who says gaming rots your brain ;)

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

Nobody ever said Kinect was bed technology. Though many (myself included) said it was not made for games. Considering you have more non gaming uses for it than games that support it I would say that I was right about that. Lol. Hopefully MS buying out the tech doesn't end up limiting it in the future.

P-Ball3179
P-Ball3179

@swamptick Wow, you got a mouth full there, don't you. Basically you put your own foot in your mouth and out your a&&. Come on, really, who is the hater/troller. From a statistical stand point, yes the Kinect out sells the move, but other than that..., they both suck in regards to gaming and will never be the future. The Kinect has a better prospect for things like what Dr. Law has done, but as for gaming, it will always be childish nad nothing more. just take a look at the game list... enough said. The move has good functionality for a lot of games, but will never extend beyond that. But that is the only reason it was made, for games. Both the Kinect and Move are design for casual gamers, not the hardcore. What I find so funny is the constant back and forth, this is better than that. Either you like it or you don't, simple as that. Why degrade yourself to the point of arguing facts that really do not matter in the world, it is pointless. Ultimately, I think the Kinect has world wide potential for all kinds of things and hope it succeeds. But not for the reasons of boasting we did better than Sony. Competition is good, but acting on paths of idiocy, it ill becomes anyone. Before you hate on me, note hat I have all three systems, a DS, a PSP and many PC games. I am all over the board and appreciate each. But in the end Sony is my top because I just like it the most.

jayme22
jayme22

haha big! wouldnt be quite the same look if you saw the surgeon waving about 2 sticks with colored balls on the end.

BigAl519
BigAl519

Its nice to see a company allow for use of its tech outside of gaming and promote it at the same time! No wonder the Kinect outsells Sonys garbage 5 to 1.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Relating to this article however.. Glad to see the piece of kit can be used for something worthwhile.. Instead of just looking like an idiot.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@fps_d0minat0r Kinectimals and joyride? AAA? No. Just no..

hyksiu
hyksiu

Kinect is helping but Move also heplps women!

mc4am
mc4am

Awesome, Would never use either Move or Kinect to play games. But Kinect as a User Interface is amazing and will be around for many years I think.

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

@ swamptick exactly, so many kinect haters. their so jealous because they cant play AAA games like kinectimals and joy ride. hahahah go and play silly games like gran turismo and killzone. im gonna show the fifa noobs how to really play football using kinect sports. kinect is the future!!

rustymenon
rustymenon

Thank God Kinect has open software development. If it wasn't there, we would never have seen the wonders of these developers. Kudos to you guys!

XenoLair
XenoLair

Hehe. Kinect is really making an impact on the future of motion sensing devices.

swamptick
swamptick

Another article that brings out the Sony jealousy! Kinect is awesome! It's a cancer curing, world record holding mega device. It's awesome for this surgeon to be doing this. It also shows once again how many people are obessed with Kinect. Sony trolls can't stop pretending to not want it, but we know the truth. Anyone obsessed enough to spend time talking about it, reading about it and posting about it is only showing their envy. Pure unbridled envy is an ugly thing! Kudos to Microsoft and Kiect and BIG TIME KUDOS to Dr. Law.

swamptick
swamptick

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TheBlackEclipse
TheBlackEclipse

Oh, that's good, for some reason when I read this headline I thought that a surgeon was somehow using Kinect to actually PERFORM surgeries or something, which didn't sound medically safe...

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

@ blackace ps move games are worse than kinect games? seriously? i believe it was a move game that got 3 BAFTA's, not a kinect game and at gamescom it was the move that got best hardware, not kinect. i cant think of a single AAA game that fully supports kinect. great that kinect is being used for good causes but dont expect anything good coming out of it in terms of gaming. its like expecting gabe newell to win the marathon, its just never gonna happen.

Hig1134
Hig1134

Now, if they would just make a game for it that doesn't suck...

npramsey
npramsey

Brilliant re-appropriation of technology to suit an innovative functional purpose. For a surgeon to be able to access clinical information without leaving the OR or contaminating their hands is huge. These guys are geniuses.

gilldominic
gilldominic

Congratulations, you've just unlocked the Xbox Live Achievement: "Liver Lacerator" and "Carcin-Owner"

majere613
majere613

It's good to see this technology being applied in such innovative and useful ways. I'm still not sold on Kinect the gaming controller, it's not for me, but Kinect the multimedia interface is a very exciting thing.

cubachino
cubachino

This is awesome! And a good example of how hacking isn't always about doing illegal stuff.

xboxaficionado
xboxaficionado

That's good to heard, I'm curious to see what people will use it for next! :)

Flint247
Flint247

Kinecting to everything in life.

steelmouth
steelmouth

wow i see this generations of consoles is taking the fight to cancer ps3 starting it some time ago now kinect is jumping in too Bravo Bravo

blazerqb11
blazerqb11

Obviously this is just an excuse for surgeons to play video games, when they are SUPPOSED to be performing surgery. Patient data... right...