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GoPro Cameras Used in Innovative Microsurgery 3D Video Training Project

Call it a hack, a workaround, or cutting-edge photography. Brian Samuels, MD, PhD, an associate professor at UAB School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology, has adapted inexpensive video cameras to create 3D training videos for surgeons. This unique innovation may soon be extended to other service lines across UAB Medicine. Portable ophthalmic imaging already is seen as a profound technological development. In addition to recording surgical procedures for teaching and training residents and fellows, tele-ophthalmology networks are growing both in developed and developing countries. However, a critical factor in expanding the clinical use of such high-resolution imaging is in making the process portable, easy-to-use, and — most significantly — cost-effective. Accordingly, there’s been interest in adapting non-ophthalmic imaging devices that are readily available, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive for ophthalmic use.

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