HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Computer scientists unravel 'language of surgery'

Borrowing ideas from speech recognition research, Johns Hopkins computer scientists are building mathematical models to represent the safest and most effective ways to perform surgery, including tasks such as suturing, dissecting and joining tissue.

The team's long-term goal is to develop an objective way of evaluating a surgeon's work and to help doctors improve their operating room skills. Ultimately, the research also could enable robotic surgical tools to perform with greater precision.

The project, supported by a three-year National Science Foundation grant, has yielded promising early results in modeling suturing work. The researchers performed the suturing with the help of a robotic surgical device, which recorded the movements and made them available for computer analysis.

"Surgery is a skilled activity, and it has a structure that can be taught and acquired," said Gregory D. Hager, a professor of computer science in the university's Whiting School of Engineering and principal investigator on the project. "We can think of that structure as the language of surgery.' To develop mathematical models for this language, we're borrowing techniques from speech recognition technology and applying them to motion recognition and skills assessment."

Complicated surgical tasks, Hager said, unfold in a series of steps that resemble the way that words, sentences and paragraphs are used to convey language. "In speech recognition research, we break these down to their most basic sounds, called phonemes," he said. "Following that example, our team wants to break surgical procedures down to simple gestures that can be represented mathematically by computer software."

With that information in hand, the computer scientists hope to be able to recognize when a surgical task is being performed well and also to identify which movements can lead to operating room problems. Just as a speech recognition program might call a
'"/>

Contact: Phil Sneiderman
prs@jhu.edu
443-287-9900
Johns Hopkins University
8-Dec-2006


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Computerized reminders boost mammography screening rates
2. Computer predicts wishes of incapacitated patients better than family or loved ones
3. Computer scientist reveals the math and science behind blockbuster movies
4. Computer-driven system reduces patient mechanical ventilation time significantly
5. Computer-aided detection could help breast cancer screening
6. Computer automated e-counseling improves weight loss
7. Computer-aided detection improves early breast cancer identification
8. Computer information systems in hospitals: What works and what doesnt?
9. Computer-based screening may encourage discussions about domestic violence
10. Computerized atlas highlights plethora of changes in brain disorder
11. Rutgers College of Nursing hosts International Nursing Computer Conference

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:12/5/2016)... ... , ... Researchers at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital want to learn more ... course of three years, researchers will study concussions and changes in brain function by ... special sensors, will track the location and force of the hit. The sensors store ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... ... December 05, 2016 , ... Physicians Education ... Annual International Congress on Hematologic Malignancies®: Focus on Leukemias, Lymphomas, and Myeloma, on ... “We are honored to have Amy E. Herman present at this year’s conference, ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 05, 2016 , ... Dr. Barry ... Avenue Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, who recently participated in the 36th Annual Cutting Edge Aesthetic ... of the newest techniques for getting that perfect, yet natural-looking, nose. Dr. Weintraub, who ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... ... December 05, 2016 , ... ... portfolio company, today announced it has acquired the assets of Frankfurt, Germany ... a subsidiary of Chiltern International and focuses on clinical trial drug packaging, ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... ... ... Sabah Shah MD, MBA has joined the Retina Group of New York (RGONY) ... James M. Maisel, MD and has been providing tertiary medical and surgical retinal care on ... surpassing expectations amongst her peers. Growing up in a family of doctors, Dr. Shah ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/5/2016)... , Dec 5, 2016 Research and Markets ... Market - Global Forecast to 2021" report to their offering. ... , , ... reach 17.27 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 5.3% from 2016 ... growing number of obesity cases, increasing government spending on healthcare, and rising ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... , Dec. 5, 2016  Seno Medical Instruments, ... as a new tool to improve the process of ... data from its European MAESTRO post-market surveillance and clinical ... Cancer Symposium (SABCS) taking place from December 6-10, ... San Antonio, Texas . ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... PharmaBoardroom today releases its new 70 page Switzerland Healthcare & Life ... , , ... stakeholders crucial insight into Switzerland ; a country located ... of the world,s most important international health institutions as well as two ... number one ranking globally in terms of ease of doing business and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: