Image Guided Surgery

Image Guided Surgery

Being able to obtain high quality MR images during surgery is opening new opportunities to update the surgical planning during the surgery. In collaboration with the IoN (T. Yousry, J. Thornton) and NHNN (A. McEvoy), we are developing near real-time registration algorithms to combine pre-operative images with intra-operative images (P. Daga, M. Modat). This is opening exciting opportunities to improve surgical outcomes, especially in epilepsy surgery (J. Duncan, G. Winston). 

TIG has teamed up with other groups within UCL and KU Leuven in Belgium to develop novel low-risk imaging tools and techniques that can be used before and during surgery for diagnosis, treatment and therapy on unborn babies with severe birth defects. These tools and techniques will enable surgeons to better plan and perform operations on unborn babies with a range of debilitating abnormalities.  

Epilepsy Navigator (EpiNavTM) is an interactive software platform we are developing in conjunction with our clinical partners at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery to assist in planning and guiding surgical interventions for epileptic patients [1].

In conjunction with our clinical collaborators (Prof. Brian Davidson) at the Royal Free Hospital, TIG is developing the Smart Liver Surgery system. The aim is to provide augmented reality image overlays, showing the surgeon pre-operative CT data fused with live laparoscopic video.