Using fNIRS to Evaluate Surgical Competency

Source: Science Advances

Summary: A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in the U.S. has developed a way to test surgical competency by using brain imaging technology to analyze the brains of surgeons in action.


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Schematic depicting the FLS box simulator where trainees perform the bimanual dexterity task. A continuous-wave spectrometer is used to measure functional brain activation via raw fNIRS signals in real time. Credit: Nicolás Fernández, Nemani et al.

More Information: Arun Nemani et al, “Assessing bimanual motor skills with optical neuroimaging”, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat3807

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