Feindel Brain and Mind Seminar Series: Navigating neurosurgery from a design perspective: augmenting visualization and interaction for more intuitive guidance

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 16:15to17:15
Montreal Neurological Institute De Grandpre Communications Centre, 3801 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2B4, CA

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Marta Kersten-Oertel

Associate Professor Computer Science and Software Engineering, Concordia University, Canada

Abstract: In image-guided surgery (IGS), surgical instruments are tracked and visualized with respect to patient-specific data sets. IGS has driven the field of minimally invasive surgery, which has advantages such as smaller incisions, faster recovery times and better patient outcomes with lower morbidity and mortality rates. With the move to less invasive surgery, however, came the need for novel visualization techniques to overcome the lack of a direct view of the patient anatomy and the surgeons limited field of view. With augmented reality, sound guidance and specific interaction techniques we can create a more comprehensive and accurate understanding of patient-specific anatomical information. Providing surgeons with this information in an intuitive and easy to understand way has the potential to improve surgical workflows, reduce surgical time and increase surgical precision. This talk will introduce some of the research being done in the Applied Perception Lab at Concordia University, with a focus on the development and testing of novel augmented reality visualization, interaction and guidance techniques and their application for specific neurosurgical tasks.

Bio: Marta Kersten-Oertel is an Associate Professor at the Gina Cody School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Concordia University, the Concordia University Research Chair in Applied Perception and Scientific Director of the Biomedical Health and Engineering Hub at Concordia's new School of Health. Her research is focused on developing and evaluating new visualization, display and interaction techniques in clinical contexts with a focus on image-guided surgery. In particular she is interested in improving the understanding of rendered medical data and studying the impact of augmented reality visualization and novel visualization and interaction techniques for specific clinical tasks. She received a BSc degree in Computer Science and a BA degree in Art History from Queen’s University (Kingston) in 2002. In 2005 she completed a MSc in Computer Science at Queen’s University and in 2015 her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at McGill University (Montreal). She has also worked as a research assistant at the University of Ottawa and the University of Tuebingen (Germany).

The Feindel Virtual Brain and Mind (VBM) Seminar Series will advance the vision of Dr. William Feindel (1918–2014), Former Director of the Neuro (1972–1984), to constantly bridge the clinical and research realms. The talks will highlight the latest advances and discoveries in neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, and neuroimaging.

Speakers will include scientists from across The Neuro, as well as colleagues and collaborators locally and from around the world. The series is intended to provide a virtual forum for scientists and trainees to continue to foster interdisciplinary exchanges on the mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment of brain and cognitive disorders.

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