We know that Apple’s iPad has been used in a variety of different ways, some for entertainment, some for productivity, some for medical use, and now it seems that the iPad has even been used as part of a surgery! This is thanks to the use of an augmented reality app that when used together with the iPad, allowed doctors to place a 3D vessel map on top of a live video of the patient. Basically what this does is help make the doctor’s job easier and tell the surgeon where he/she needs to make their incision. Of course we expect doctors managed to do just fine without the iPad or the app, but presumably with this, complications during surgery could be minimized.
This procedure was used in Germany during a liver surgery and is supposedly one of the first surgeries of its kind in the country. It was developed by Fraunhofer MEVIS in Bremen and it seems that the trial went pretty well and they are now considering applying this technology to surgeries on other parts of the body, so the next time you see the surgeon bring in an iPad, fret not as it’s probably there to help, not for them to play Angry Birds on! In the meantime if you’d like to check out more photos, hit up the source link below for the rest, although we should warn you that some of them are pretty graphic!