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Surgeons May Use Hand Gestures to Manipulate MRI Images in OR

Surgeons may soon be using a system, developed at Purdue University, in the operating room that recognizes hand gestures as commands to tell a computer to browse and display medical images of the patient during a surgery. Surgeons routinely need to review medical images and records during surgery, but stepping away from the operating table and touching a keyboard and mouse can delay the procedure and increase the risk of spreading infection-causing bacteria. The new system uses depth-sensing cameras and specialized algorithms.