HealthWatch:3D in the OR

Published 12/01 2013 10:22PM

Updated 12/05 2013 05:31PM

NEW YORK, N.Y. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- What do the new hit "gravity," the block buster film "Avatar," and the latest version of "Alice in Wonderland" all have in common with the latest developments in the operating room? The same 3D glasses movie goers put on for these movies are being used by doctors in the OR.

"I think it's amazing. I mean to see technology work its miracle on me?" Shantese Wilkinson told Ivanhoe.

The miracle is a simple pair of 3D glasses that Shantese Wilkinson's surgeon used to remove a tumor from her brain.

"It ultimately would have probably killed her, but it would have blinded her first," Mark Eisenberg, MD, FAANS, Chief, Dept. of Neurosurgery, LIJ Medical Center, Director, Skull Base Center, Cushing Neuroscience Institute, North Shore-LIJ Health System, told Ivanhoe.

Neurosurgeon Mark Eisenberg opened Shantese's skull. This endoscope with a special camera snaked through her nose, to her brain. The reality of 3D comes in here.

The new camera sensor is a microchip located at the end of the endoscope. It allows doctors to see on screen, with true depth perception, what the tumor looks like, and precisely where it is. So they can remove it more accurately, safely, and get more of the tumor out than before.

"Having the knowledge of the anatomy, having the visual cues, and having it in 3D makes it easier to make a safe dissection," B. Todd Schaeffer, MD, FACS, Associate Chair Dept. of Otolaryngology, North Shore University Hospital Manhasset at North Shore LIJ Health System, told Ivanhoe.

Her surgery was a success. Now, this recent college grad is ready for a little reality of her own as she begins her career as an assistant train conductor.

The camera on that endoscope the doctors used is only four millimeters in size! That's about the size of a drinking straw.

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