We are extremely proud to announce a new project at the 3IT: TeleSTAR. The project is funded as part of EIT Health, which is supported by EIT, a body of the European Union. TeleSTAR stands for Telepresence for Surgical Assistance and Training using Augmented Reality. In today’s surgical training, the transmission of surgeries for physicians and students is limited in terms of collaboration and perceived experience. Therefore a team of experts of TU Delft, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Fraunhofer HHI and ARRI Medical have come together to solve the problem with the help of Augmented Reality (AR). The TeleSTAR system uses a full digital surgical microscope and computer vision algorithms to develop new AR-based training and teaching methods and tools, leading to a new level of educational transparency. Live operations can be transmitted to any remote location. This includes the annotation of high-quality 3D images that show the surgical point of view in combination with audio commentary and text-based chat functions.
There will be intensive 1-2 day sessions where ENT procedures will be performed using the “ARRISCOPE”, a digital surgical microscope. ENT physicians from Germany and the Netherlands will attend surgeries, which will be broadcasted to remote lecture rooms for teaching purposes. At the end of the session CME points will be awarded. On 19 January 2020, a first test were held at the Charité in Berlin.