1. Robotics and Virtual Reality for Optical Coherence Tomography-Guided Ophthalmic Surgery and Diagnostics (Thesis)

    Robotics and Virtual Reality for Optical Coherence Tomography-Guided Ophthalmic Surgery and Diagnostics (Thesis)

    Ophthalmology is the only surgical specialty that routinely employs both microsurgical techniques and live intraoperative imaging, especially optical coherence tomography (OCT). Consequently, ophthalmic surgeons routinely face challenges in visualization and manipulation of small ocular tissues or in interpreting intraoperative imaging to guide their actions. This dissertation therefore seeks to advance the state-of-the-art in ophthalmic surgery with regards to manipulation, visualization, and interpretation. First, we address the interpretation challenge in ophthalmic surgery where live volumetric imaging from OCT systems recently incorporated into surgical microscopes has freed surgeons from the otherwise universal top-down viewpoint. These new viewpoints, however, disorient surgeons when directions ...

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