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Current Directions in Biomedical Engineering

Joint Journal of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering in VDE and the Austrian and Swiss Societies for Biomedical Engineering

Editor-in-Chief: Dössel, Olaf

Editorial Board: Augat, Peter / Buzug, Thorsten M. / Haueisen, Jens / Jockenhoevel, Stefan / Knaup-Gregori, Petra / Kraft, Marc / Lenarz, Thomas / Leonhardt, Steffen / Malberg, Hagen / Penzel, Thomas / Plank, Gernot / Radermacher, Klaus M. / Schkommodau, Erik / Stieglitz, Thomas / Urban, Gerald A.

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Context-awareness for control consoles in integrated operating rooms

Stefan Franke / Max Rockstroh / Thomas Neumuth
Published Online: 2018-09-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cdbme-2018-0071


In surgery, the possibilities of fully automatic assistance are limited. A valuable automated assistance can be implemented by realizing context-aware behaviour of control consoles in integrated operating rooms (ORs). We developed an intraoperative pipeline for surgical context interpretation and an integrated console. Based on that, we propose a method for the context-aware ranking of configuration profiles, which facilitate the handling of devices during endoscopic interventions. The method is evaluated with twenty-four simulated endoscopic ear-nosethroat (ENT) workflows. The results indicate that a continuous automatic ranking based on the surgical situation, can significantly reduce manual user interaction while the surgeon’s control is preserved.

Keywords: Intelligent operating room; surgical workflow; device interoperability; context-aware user interfaces

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Published Online: 2018-09-22

Published in Print: 2018-09-01

Citation Information: Current Directions in Biomedical Engineering, Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 291–295, ISSN (Online) 2364-5504, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cdbme-2018-0071.

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