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A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) is nearing completion of their first prototype of “SurgiCam,” a tiny surgical camera that can be inserted through a 1.5 cm incision in the abdomen during minimally invasive surgery (MIS).

During an MIS procedure, such as laparoscopy, multiple small incisions are made in the abdominal wall for various devices (light, camera, surgical instruments), the most important of which is the camera, the “eyes” of the surgeon. With its positive impact on the patient’s surgical outcome, comfort and recovery, MIS has become the method of choice for an increasing number of surgical procedures.

However, its practice is made difficult by relatively large laparoscopic cameras which have limited imaging capability and require cumbersome cables that interfere with the surgeon’s movements. To solve this and other problems, faculty, staff and student researchers -- engineers and computer scientists from Calit2 and the Jacobs School of Engineering and surgeons from the UCSD School of Medicine (SOM) -- are collaborating on Calit2’s SurgiCam project to develop a compact, high-performance and wireless surgical imaging system for MIS.

Read on at: http://www.physorg.com/news150129819.html

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