System and method for hybrid tracking in surgical navigation

  • US 7,702,379 B2
  • Filed: 08/25/2004
  • Issued: 04/20/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/25/2004
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A medical tracking system, said system including:

  • a plurality of tracking technologies employed during a medical procedure;

    a reconciler determining an active tracking technology during said procedure, said active tracking technology including at least one of said tracking technologies;

    a switch activating said active tracking technology, wherein said switch activates said active tracking technology over a period of time such that a visual representation corresponding to said active tracking technology becomes more visible as a visual representation corresponding to said deactivated tracking technology becomes less visible over said time period; and

    wherein each tracking technology has a metric associated therewith, and, when a metric associated with a deactivated tracking technology exceeds a metric associated with an activated tracking technology, said reconciler directs said switch to activate the tracking technology with the greater metric and deactivate the tracking technology with the lesser metric.

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