In the ever expanding field of technology being used in medicine, we know that the iPad has been pretty much a staple of every doctor today. But what about its smaller and less talked about brethren, the iPod Touch? Well the folks over at Smith & Nephew together with Brainlab have come up with a way to utilize the portable media player as a surgical instrument.
Called the Dash Smart Instrument system, it makes use of the iPod Touch attached to some sort of portable infrared camera to snap pictures of a knee or hip joint. The iPod Touch is then attached to another device that works together with an app to calculate relevant angles and positions for the knee/hip joint replacement which the surgeon then makes use of to complete the operation.
The technology is currently waiting for an approval from the FDA, but you can watch a video of it in action after the break:
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