Doctors at the Sunnybrook Hospital in Canada are using the Xbox Kinect system for hands-free manipulation of images during surgery.
With the Xbox Kinect, doctors are using hand gestures to zoom in and out of MRI and CT scans, or flip through different images without the need to leave the sterile area to view the scans in a computer.
Surgical oncologist at the hospital Calvin Law said that Kinect helped the surgeon stay oriented as the surgery proceeded and it could save lives by allowing doctors to perform more operations in a given period of time.
The project was developed by three engineers at the hospital, who used the Kinect for six surgeries, and the hospital is planning to implement it in other departments.
Kinect is Microsoft’s motion-sensing peripheral device designed for its Xbox 360 games console, and it contains algorithms to detect and recognise hand gestures.