|The Future of Medicine Through Bioengineering - Ayden Jacob ™|
Dr. Albert Rhoton has been keeping a virtual image library of his patients' brains in order to teach other surgeons, throughout the globe, how to navigate complex brain operations. In the last 2 years he has converted thousands of images into color directed 3D images on an iPhone platform to help train surgeons and students across the globe. Surgeons in developing countries are using his database to help them navigate their operations - all via an iPhone. His image database is color coded to differentiate delicate structures in the brain, such as blood vessels and nerves, thereby helping surgeons to plan the safest route of operation possible. Rhoton stated, " "You can see where the nerves and structures are that need to be protected in that particular area, using that specific approach, in that specific direction.....we've just scratched the surface on the number of images." Rhoton's work earned him the 2011 Surgeon of the Year award from the journal World Neurosurgery.