“Hands-Free Augmented Reality for Vascular Interventions” by Grinshpoon, Sadri, Loeb, Elvezio, Siu, et al. …

  • ©Alon Grinshpoon, Shirin Sadri, Gabrielle J. Loeb, Carmine Elvezio, Samantha Siu, and Steven K. Feiner

  • ©Alon Grinshpoon, Shirin Sadri, Gabrielle J. Loeb, Carmine Elvezio, Samantha Siu, and Steven K. Feiner


    Hands-Free Augmented Reality for Vascular Interventions


Entry Number: 09


    During a vascular intervention (a type of minimally invasive surgical procedure), physicians maneuver catheters and wires through a patient’s blood vessels to reach a desired location in the body. Since the relevant anatomy is typically not directly visible in these procedures, virtual reality and augmented reality systems have been developed to assist in 3D navigation. Because both of a physician’s hands may already be occupied, we developed an augmented reality system supporting hands-free interaction techniques that use voice and head tracking to enable the physician to interact with 3D virtual content on a head-worn display while leaving both hands available intraoperatively. We demonstrate how a virtual 3D anatomical model can be rotated and scaled using small head rotations through first-order (rate) control, and can be rigidly coupled to the head for combined translation and rotation through zero-order control. This enables easy manipulation of a model while it stays close to the center of the physician’s field of view.


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    This material is based on work supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant IIS-1514429 (S. Feiner, PI), the National Institutes of Health under Grant NHLBI: 5T35HL007616-37 (R. Leibel, PI), and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons under Dean’s Research Fellowships to G. Loeb and S. Sadri.We thank the physicians at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center who contributed to this research.

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