Image processing techniques permit the reconstruction of 3D models of the organs from the medical images of the patient in order to provides detailed information of the inner organs and pathologies and to support surgeons by means of virtual and augmented reality applications.
Augmented reality technology can guide the surgeon in the intraoperative phase by overlapping the virtual 3D models of the organs onto the real patient and provide a sort of ”X-Ray” vision of the internal patient’s anatomy.
The research activity of the AVR Lab is focused on the use of Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies to support surgeons in the diagnosis, the preoperative planning and the intraoperative phase in minimally invasive surgery.
Researching in new technologies for diagnosis, planning and medical treatment have allowed the development of computer tools that provide new ways of representing data obtained from routine imaging studies. Laboratory studies, such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have become the standard for med- ical diagnosis, so today they are used to give a first diagnosis of the treatment to be followed depending on the patient’s condition.