Large-field-of-view visualization utilizing multiple miniaturized cameras for laparoscopic surgery
The quality and the extent of intra-abdominal visualization are critical to a laparoscopic procedure. Currently, a single laparoscope is inserted into one of the laparoscopic ports to provide intra-abdominal visualization. The extent of this field of view (FoV) is rather restricted and may limit efficiency and the range of operations. Here we report a trocar-camera assembly (TCA) that promises a large FoV, and improved efficiency and range of operations. A video stitching program processes video data from multiple miniature cameras and combines these videos in real-time. This stitched video is then displayed on an operating monitor with a much larger FoV than that of a single camera. In addition, we successfully performed a standard and a modified bean drop task, without any distortion, in a simulator box by using the TCA and taking advantage of its FoV which is larger than that of the current laparoscopic cameras. We successfully demonstrated its improved efficiency and range of operations. The TCA frees up a surgical port and potentially eliminates the need of physical maneuvering of the laparoscopic camera, operated by an assistant.
Kim, JJ; Watras, A; Liu, H; Zeng, Z; Greenberg, JA; Heise, CP; Hu, YH; Jiang, H
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