Marta Kersten-Oertel is an Assistant Professor at the Gina Cody School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Concordia University and the Concordia University Research Chair in Applied Perception Lab.
Her research is focused on developing and evaluating new visualization, display and interaction techniques in clinical contexts with a focus on image-guided surgery. In particular she is interested in improving the understanding of rendered medical data and studying the impact of augmented reality visualization and novel visualization and interaction techniques for specific clinical tasks.
Marta received a BSc degree in Computer Science and a BA degree in Art History from Queen’s University (Kingston) in 2002. In 2005 she completed a MSc in Computer Science at Queen’s University and in 2015 her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at McGill University (Montreal). She has also worked as a research assistant at the University of Ottawa and the University of Tuebingen (Germany).
Title: Exploring new visualization and interaction methods for more intuitive guidance in neurosurgery
Abstract: During neurosurgery, a surgeon must map preoperative patient images to the patient on the operating room table. This mapping helps the surgeon understand the topology and locations of the anatomy of interest that is not readily visible on the exposed surgical field. This type of spatial mapping is non-trivial; it is time consuming and may be prone to error. With augmented reality, sound guidance and specific interaction techniques we can create a more comprehensive and accurate understanding of the topology and location of patient-specific anatomical information. Providing surgeons with this information has the potential to reduce surgical time and increase surgical precision. This presentation introduces some of the research being done in the Applied Perception Lab at Concordia University, with a focus on the development and testing of novel visualization, interaction and guidance techniques and their application for specific neurosurgical tasks.