Optical Mapping of the Frontal Cortex During a Surgical Knot-tying Task, a Feasibility Study

Leff, D., Koh, P. H., Aggarwal, R., Leong, J., Deligianni, F. , Elwell, C., Delpy, D. T., Darzi, A. and Yang, G.-Z. (2006) Optical Mapping of the Frontal Cortex During a Surgical Knot-tying Task, a Feasibility Study. In: 3rd International Medical Imaging and Augmented Reality Workshop (MIAR 2006), Shanghai, China, 17-18 Aug 2006, pp. 140-147. ISBN 9783540372202 (doi:10.1007/11812715_18)

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Abstract

Functional neuroimaging technologies have transformed cognitive neuroscience by enhancing our understanding of the functional sub-classification of brain regions. Whilst a number of studies have explored brain activation associated with complex motor skills, few of the tasks investigated have had direct occupational relevance. To date there have been no functional studies involving surgeons or motor paradigms with relevance to surgery. This study reports on the feasibility of Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) for studying subjects performing realistic surgical tasks in a laboratory setting. We observed a recognisable haemodynamic response to brain activation, which was reliable and repeatable in subjects despite days without practice on the task. A wide range of prefrontal activation was observed, thought to reflect considerable variation in the cognitive resources allocated to complete a highly attention demanding surgical task.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Deligianni, Dr Fani
Authors: Leff, D., Koh, P. H., Aggarwal, R., Leong, J., Deligianni, F., Elwell, C., Delpy, D. T., Darzi, A., and Yang, G.-Z.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0302-9743
ISBN:9783540372202

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