Sony has unveiled a "head-mount processing unit" that gives wearers virtual X-ray vision. Sounds like the latest accessory for gamers or sci-fi fanatics, right? Nope, it's for surgeons.
Connected to an endoscope that feeds images inside the headset, the device lets surgeons view high-definition, 3-D images of a laparoscopic procedure, the surgery that uses fiber-optic instruments to see inside the body.
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Laparoscopic surgery is considered a less invasive alternative to procedures that involve larger incisions. But it can require special tools, multiple, albeit smaller incisions and endoscopes connected to two-dimensional televisions monitors, all of which combine to make a cumbersome process that can cloud the view.
Sony's 3-D head-mounted image processor aims to bring a little more precision and focus back to the fold. The headset includes a pair of organic light-emitting diode panels that generate high-resolution stereoscopic images that are separated for each eye. Surgeons can even switch back and forth between 2-D and 3-D perspectives, being that the device is compatible with 2-D endoscopes.