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WSU Access

Date of Award

January 2019

Degree Type


Degree Name



Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Abhilash Pandya

Second Advisor

Dr. Luke Reisner


Robots are being developed and used to make surgeries more ergonomic and easier to perform. In parallel, medical imaging technologies such as MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) or CT (Computed Tomography) scans are extensively used. These imaging modalities have helped surgeons to navigate during operations and diagnose/operate on many diseases by providing detailed views of the inside of patients. These data can assist the surgeon in planning surgeries and to efficiently operate upon critical areas of the body.

During robotic surgery, mental visualization of complex 3-dimensional imaging data is challenging. Augmented reality, which is the combination of the real world and virtual world can be a very effective image guidance system during surgeries. This thesis shows the implementation methods and analyzes the errors and challenges inherent in creating Augmented Reality (AR) visualization on the da Vinci surgical robot. It also describes the potential of AR to make surgical data easier to understand and visualize during surgery.

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