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Surgical navigation: Reaching the destination precisely and safely

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Do you also think of GPS devices in your car when it comes to navigation systems? Maps and signals can also show the surgeon the optimal direction to the destination during a surgery. Based on data from imaging methods and sensor-supported instruments, they provide the surgeon with all important information at a glance. Find out how computer-assisted surgery makes complex surgeries safer in our current Topic of the Month.

I wish you a nice first week of the year,

Elena Blume
Editorial team

image: 12 - 15 November 2018, MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine in Düsseldorf

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Topic of the Month: Surgical navigation systems
Interview: Illuminated pajama
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Surgical navigation systems - precise planning and execution of operations

Topic of the Month

Image: two surgeons during an operation in the dark, behind them X-ray images shine; Copyright:
Neither a compass nor a map will help a surgeon plan surgery and guide surgical instruments. Surgical navigation systems are the solution here. They can be based on imaging methods, such as CT or MRI, or consist of instruments connected to screens via sensors. In their networked form, they will play a major role, especially in the OR of the future.
Read more in our Topic of the Month:
Surgical navigation systems - precise planning and execution of operations

Illuminated pajamas treat jaundice in mommy's arms


Image: Woman holding a doll in a glowing pyjamas; Copyright: Empa
Sixty percent of newborns are affected by jaundice during their first days of life. In most cases, the condition is harmless. The ailment is more pronounced in premature babies, whose treatment involves irradiation with blue light in a special incubator – naked and alone. The materials scientists at Empa now want to customize this method to the needs of babies and thus significantly improve the treatment.
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Illuminated pajamas treat jaundice in mommy's arms
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