Video-assisted parathyroidectomy using augmented reality
Epublication WebSurg.com, Feb 2013;13(02). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en3875
The effectiveness of preoperative imaging to detect parathyroid adenomas allows for a targeted minimally invasive video-assisted approach. In our department, at the IRCAD, special software is used to virtually reconstruct the neck and its structures from mere CT-scan images of the cervicomediastinal region. This virtual reconstruction helps to precisely define the location of the parathyroid adenoma in relation to the superior part of the sternum, to the inferior thyroid artery and to the thyroid gland, hence guiding the surgeon in the proper identification of anatomical landmarks. The reconstruction also helps to control the absence of "non-recurrent" recurrent nerves showing the presence of a right brachiocephalic arterial trunk.