MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Christian Krautz, MD
Department of Surgery, Universitätsklinikum Erlangen
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen Nürnberg
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: In this preclinical study that included 720 case evaluations, visualization with Cinematic Rendering allowed a more correct and faster comprehension of the surgical anatomy compared to conventional CT imaging independent from the level of surgical experience. Therefore,Cinematic Rendering is a tool that may assist HPB surgeons with preoperative preparation and intraoperative guidance through an improved interpretation of computed tomography imaging data.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: Cinematic Rendering is a technique for 3D visualization that convinces through real-time acquisition of photorealistic and lifelike images out of medical data. Besides enhancing the comprehension of the surgical anatomy, these features may allow a deployment of 3D visualizations in new fields of application such as patient consent discussions, anatomical education of medical students as well as surgical education. The utilization of CR will enhance interdisciplinary communication and decisiveness, as complex anatomical situations become faster and easier to understand for all involved specialists.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?
Response: Future research should focus on the question, if Cinematic Rendering may positively influence surgical decision making, and ultimately lead to a reduction of intraoperative mistakes and an improvement of patient outcomes. In addition, further research should focus on intraoperative guidanceincluding an integration of CR imaging into augmented reality technologies.
Elshafei M, Binder J, Baecker J, et al. Comparison of Cinematic Rendering and Computed Tomography for Speed and Comprehension of Surgical Anatomy. JAMA Surg. Published online May 29, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.1168
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