iPad used in surgery to help remove tumors from patient's liver

We've seen the iPad used in an assortment of interesting ways, but this latest story may take the cake when it comes appreciating the versatility of Apple's tablet.

We've seen the iPad used in an assortment of interesting ways, from using it to control a remote control helicopter to helping kids with Autism communicate with the world. But this latest story may take the cake when it comes appreciating the versatility of Apple's tablet.

Recently, a team of doctors in Germany used an iPad to help them remove two tumors from a patient's liver.

Reuters reports:

When [the doctor could] see the liver he used the iPad to localize the two tumors in the liver. It was very exciting as it was one of the first operations to be carried out in this way within Germany.

The tablet uses augmented reality, which allows the liver to be filmed with an iPad and overlaid during an operation with virtual 3D models reconstructed from the real organ. Developed by Fraunhofer MEVIS in Bremen, this procedure helps locate critical structures such as tumors and vessels and is expected to improve the quality of transferring pre-operational resection plans into actual surgery, according to Bianka Hofmann from the institute.

Incredible.

(Image credit: REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer)

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