Context-awareness for control consoles in integrated operating rooms

Stefan Franke 1 , Max Rockstroh 2  and Thomas Neumuth 2
  • 1 Innovation Center Computer Assisted Surgery, Universität Leipzig, Semmelweisstraße 14,, Leipzig, Germany
  • 2 Innovation Center Computer Assisted Surgery, Universität Leipzig,, Leipzig, Germany


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.

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Current Directions in Biomedical Engineering is an open access journal and closely related to the journal Biomedical Engineering - Biomedizinische Technik. CDBME is a forum for the exchange of knowledge in the fields of biomedical engineering, medical information technology and biotechnology/bioengineering for medicine and addresses engineers, natural scientists, and clinicians working in research, industry, or clinical practice.