Evidence from the surgeons: gesture control of image data displayed during surgery

Duncan Stevenson*, Henry Gardner, Wendell Neilson, Edwin Beenen, Sivakumar Gananadha, James Fergusson, Phillip Jeans, Peter Mews, Hari Bandi

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    We gathered ethnographic evidence from surgeons about the concept of gesture-based control over the display of their patients’ radiographic scan data during surgery. This would give the surgeons direct access to their patients’ scan data without compromising their sterile working field and without needing to rely on other clinicians to interpret display instructions. Our approach involved interviewing surgeons and observing them in the operating theatre. We included evidence from earlier publications in this field and we used a grounded theory approach to analyse our data. Our findings address diversity across the surgical specialties, preoperative versus intraoperative use of the data, preferences for simple natural gestures, the role of another person controlling the display, broad system constraints and the willingness of surgeons to collaborate with their time and effort in this research.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1063-1079
    Number of pages17
    JournalBehaviour and Information Technology
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


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