Ivan M. George

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Radio frequency identification (RFID) is a technology that will have a profound impact on medicine and the operating room of the future. The purpose of this article is to provide an introduction to this exciting technology and a description of the problems in the perioperative environment that RFID might address to improve safety and increase productivity.(More)
BACKGROUND Current laparoscopic images are rich in surface detail but lack information on deeper structures. This report presents a novel method for highlighting these structures during laparoscopic surgery using continuous multislice computed tomography (CT). This has resulted in a more accurate augmented reality (AR) approach, termed "live AR," which(More)
The Global Operative Assessment of Laparoscopic Skills (GOALS) is a valid and reliable measure of basic, non-procedure-specific laparoscopic skills. GOALS-incisional hernia (GOALS-IH) was developed to evaluate performance of laparoscopic incisional hernia repair (LIHR). The purpose of this study was to assess the validity and reliability of GOALS-IH during(More)
Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair (LVHR) is a relatively common procedure that requires advanced minimally invasive surgical skills to perform. The role for simulation is increasingly supported as an effective way to teach surgical skills and accelerate the learning curve. This article describes The University of Maryland's Surgical Abdominal Wall, an(More)
The utility of three-dimensional (3D) models for planning laparoscopic surgery and surgical training has been demonstrated. (1) Computed tomography (CT) scans with oral and intravenous contrast medium are frequently used for preoperative evaluation of patients undergoing complex laparoscopic surgery. Immersive 3D VR overcomes many of the conceptual(More)
Over the last six years, streaming media has emerged as a powerful tool for delivering multimedia content over networks. Concurrently, wireless technology has evolved, freeing users from desktop boundaries and wired infrastructures. At the University of Kentucky Medical Center, we have integrated these technologies to develop a system that can wirelessly(More)
BACKGROUND This study compares surgical techniques and surgeon's standing position during laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC), investigating each with respect to surgeons' learning, performance, and ergonomics. Little homogeneity exists in LC performance and training. Variations in standing position (side-standing technique vs. between-standing technique) and(More)
BACKGROUND It is very important for surgeons who perform minimally invasive surgery (MIS) to maintain proper postural stability, which kinematic research can determine. Previous studies in surgical ergonomics have shown that postural stability is correlated to instrument type, task difficulty, and skill level. What should also be considered is that surgeons(More)
BACKGROUND the role of simulation for training in procedures such as laparoscopic incisional hernia repair (LIHR) is unknown. The purpose of this study was to determine whether performance in simulated LIHR correlates with operating room (OR) performance. METHODS subjects performed LIHR in the University of Maryland Surgical Abdominal Wall (SAW) simulator(More)
Hiatal hernias and paraesophageal hernias are common clinical entities and have a well-known classification system. Multiple modalities have been used to illustrate these hernias, most relying on artists' renderings or two-dimensional radiographic studies. However, surgeons would benefit from a comprehensive graphic representation of hiatal hernias based on(More)