Augmented Reality Used in Knee-Replacement Surgery in a U.S. First 

Jonathan Vigdorchik, M.D. , last month replaced the knees of two patients, who suffered severe arthritis in their knee joints, while using special glasses that enabled him to review crucial surgical data while performing the operations. Dr. Vigdorchik this week examined both patients, who are in their 50s, and reported they were doing well. In this article Dr. Jonathan Vigdorchik presents how he used Vuzix augmented reality glasses to replace knee of two patients. One…

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Breast cancer surgery with augmented reality – The Breast

Breast cancer conservative guided surgery with an AR headset, using 3D digital breast models, could pave the way for a digital, non-invasive method for intra-operative tumor localization. The proposed solution has the potential to improve the surgeon’s visualization of the tumor while improving patient’s quality of life (no pain, no anxiety, no bleeding). In this article, authors explain how they used augmented reality in a real breast surgery for tumor localization. Surgeon compares classical marks…

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Dr. Jazini Performs World’s First Laminectomy With Augmented Reality

This surgery (performed at Reston Hospital Center – USA) has been made with the Xvision AR system from Augmedics company. It allows a less invasive operation with a shorter recovery time. This surgical procedure, also known as decompression, creates space and enlarges the spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. The use of augmented reality in a laminectomy makes the surgery even less invasive, which means a shorter recovery time and less…

"Dr. Jazini Performs World’s First Laminectomy With Augmented Reality"

Mixed Reality Display Improves Cardiac Ablation Accuracy

The results showed there was no difference in navigation times with either ELVIS or EAMS, but the physicians were significantly more accurate with ELVIS, with an error margin of just 2.99 mm, compared to 4.50 mm for EAMS. When translated to cardiac ablation outcomes, 34% of the ablation lesions created using EAMS would be made outside of the target area, as opposed to just 6% when using the ELVIS 3D display. The study was published…

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Real-time Augmented Reality Three-dimensional Guided Robotic Radical Prostatectomy: Preliminary Experience and Evaluation of the Impact on Surgical Planning

AR-3D guided surgery is useful for improving the real-time identification of the index lesion and allows changing of the NS approach in approximately one out of three cases, with overall appropriateness of 94.4%. In this article, authors measure the improvement of accuracy in a prostatectomy du to AR guided tool. Source: Real-time Augmented Reality Three-dimensional Guided Robotic Radical Prostatectomy: Preliminary Experience and Evaluation of the Impact on Surgical Planning – ScienceDirect

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Pixee Medical completes its first total knee replacement surgery guided by the Vuzix M400 smart glasses

The Pixee Medical team presents a very impressive surgery of knee. The surgeon use a AR glass and the Knee+ solution. Pixee Medical, a France-based medical company, in collaboration with Dr. Jérôme Villeminot and his team from Clinique St Odile in Haguenau (France), have successfully validated a new milestone by using Knee+, the first total knee replacement AR navigation system, solely guided by the Vuzix M400 AR Smart Glasses. Source: Pixee Medical Completes its First Total…

"Pixee Medical completes its first total knee replacement surgery guided by the Vuzix M400 smart glasses"

St. Joe’s surgeons in training use virtual reality to sharpen skills

In this article, you will discover how the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton team continues to train surgeons, even in the COVID-19 crisis. “With virtual reality, you can go back over complicated procedures. In a real operating room, you can’t cut twice,” Dr. Khanna says. “My hypothesis is those who train virtually will be more prepared, confident, and comfortable with surgeries in the real world.” Source: St. Joe’s surgeons in training use virtual reality to sharpen…

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Augmedics Employees Lead $15 Million Series B Financing to Secure and Successfully Launch Company Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Augmedics has closed a new round to secure the commercialization of the xvision Spine System. Augmedics, a pioneer in augmented reality surgical image guidance, has raised $15 million in Series B financing, led by its U.S. staff. In a nearly unprecedented move, the company’s employees formed limited liability company AUG Management LLC to raise $4 million in an effort to secure and successfully launch the company as venture capital (VC) all…

"Augmedics Employees Lead $15 Million Series B Financing to Secure and Successfully Launch Company Amid COVID-19 Crisis"

Surgical Superpowers: When Virtual Reality Becomes Real

In this article you will discover some of the top Seattle startups which work in immersive healthcare technologies like Pyrus Medical or Exonicus. There are not enough patients at every hospital to support the skills needed to do these kind of [complicated surgical] procedures,” Seslar says. “And so I think we need to find another way of getting the care there. And remote robotics [enabled via virtual reality technology], I think provides that opportunity, if…

"Surgical Superpowers: When Virtual Reality Becomes Real"

Vuzix announces the World’s First Orthopedic Navigation System Using Augmented Reality Smart Glasses developed by Pixee Medical

Pixee Medical, a France-based medical company, has received CE marking certification for Knee+, the first orthopedic navigation system using augmented reality smart glasses for total knee arthroplasty. Pixee Medical has got a CE marking certification for Knee+, a navigation system that help surgeons in total knee arthroplasty. The system use a Vuzix’ M400 Smart Glasses for visualization. This certification is a condition to the opening of the European Union market. The next step for the company…

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Integrating augmented reality tools in breast cancer related lymphedema prognostication and diagnosis

In this article, authors present a method of 3D measure in order to diagnosis BCRL. Breast cancer related lymphedema (BCRL) is a detrimental condition characterized by fluid accumulation in the upper limb in breast cancer patients subjected to axillary surgery and/or radiations. Its etiology is multifactorial and include also tumor-specific pathological features, such as lymphovascular invasion (LVI) and extranodal extension (ENE). To date, no widely employed guidelines for the early diagnosis of BCRL are available.…

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VR helps cardiologist detect patient’s injury and repair a broken heart

onning the VR headset, Steinberg was able to enlarge the heart to see the degree of blockage and its location in the vessel. He could see the hole in the septum and its proximity to vessels and, importantly, to the mechanical aortic valve implanted in Cronk in 2011. “When you’re implanting devices with a catheter, you don’t want to fix one problem only to create another,” Steinberg said. “The VR perspective gave us landmarks and…

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Medical training startup Touch Surgery secures $70m in debt funding just before acquisition by Medtronic

British startup Touch Surgery has borrowed $70 million to fund its training technology for doctors, according to the Telegraph.The newspaper reported that Touch Surgery arranged the loan in October last year, after having previously raised $19.5 million from the Silicon Valley venture capital fund 8VC. Source: Medical training startup Touch Surgery secures $70m in debt funding | MobiHealthNews US medical technology provider Medtronic has announced the acquisition of Digital Surgery, a UK-based company specialising in surgical…

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Virtual reality in spinal endoscopy: a paradigm shift in education to support spine surgeons

In this article from “The Journal of Spine Surgery”, a review of many studies is presented about the use of immersive technologies to train surgeons. Conclusions are very simple : these technologies improve skills BUT in many cases relance is low. The need of big scale study is clear. The current scope of VR, AR, and MR surgical simulators in MISS and spinal endoscopic surgery was described. Studies demonstrate improvement in technical skill and patient…

"Virtual reality in spinal endoscopy: a paradigm shift in education to support spine surgeons"

FDA greenlights Augmedics’ AR system for spinal surgery

Augmedics’ AR system is now approved by the U.S. FDA. According to the company it is the first device certified for guided surgery. The “Xvision Spine system” allows surgeons to place spine implant with a amazing precision and without looking away the patient. The possibility to see “through the skin” is also a good way to promote minimal invasive methods. Augmedics Inc., a Chicago-based startup focused on augmented reality (AR) applications in health care, has…

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Cosmetic Surgeons See Growing Trend, Dangers of ‘Snapchat Dysmorphia’

We have many examples on this website of benefices of immersive technologies for plastic reconstruction, reparative surgery or post-traumatic treatments. But there is also a dark side of these uses, especially when it transforms our perception of reality and our perception of our body. Since 2 years, surgeons have seen the development of a strange addiction called “Snapchat dysmorphia”. In theses situations, people ask for plastic surgery to look like Snapchat AR filter. Social media,…

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Doctors In Zambia Use ‘Virtual Reality’ Developed At SMU To Train Surgeons

A team from Southern Methodist University (SMU) use virtual reality to train surgeons in Zambia. This is a concret use of Virtual Reality Surgery Simulator (VRSS) developed at SMU with the support of the Medical Research Council (UK). This cost effective device is easy to deploy in hospital and surgeons can use it quickly. First results are so promising then the project will be extend soon. Virtual reality has advanced significantly in recent years. What was once…

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Virtual reality, augmented reality can improve surgeons’ training

In this article Justin Barad (CEO of Osso VR) summarizes benefits of AR and VR in the surgeon’s training. He lists, of course, many useful (and up-to-date) examples but you can find also inside the text an interesting reflexion about the future of these technologies. As author explains, immersive technologies in healthcare are more en more complex and it will become a real challenge to explain to surgeons how to use it in the close…

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Effectiveness of the HoloLens mixed-reality headset in minimally invasive surgery: a simulation-based feasibility study

In this article, authors show that the use of Hololens AR helmet improves endoscopic surgery. With a test panel of 72 people from novice to expert level, this study shows a better efficiency than with conventional screens, especially for less skilled people. This study demonstrates that the device facilitated improved outcomes of performance in novices and was widely accepted as a surgical visual aid by all groups. The HoloLens represents a feasible alternative to the…

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Vicky Smalley presents FundamentalVR at AWE USA 2019

In this video Vicky Smalley (CTO of FundamentalVR) presents company software products and the vision behind present and future developments. She enhances the importance of accurate haptic simulation in surgery training. Our mission at FundamentalVR is to give medical personnel access to the best simulations on a day-to-day basis. We believe that every surgeon should have the opportunity to rehearse, practise and test themselves within a safe, controllable space that is as close to real…

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Augmented-reality navigation technology for precision surgery

In this article a surgery team from Karolinska University Hospital explains the use of augmented reality in collaboration with Philips. Surgeons use real time images with digital overlay during operation to place spinal implants. This “navigation tool” allows a fantastic accuracy and a “3D position check” for implants directly in operation room. In spine surgery, one of the biggest challenges is to place implants in the vertebrae for the treatment of patients with spinal malformations,…

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How Osso VR is Reshaping the Surgical Training Process

Osso VR is a young Boston company which offer a VR solution to train orthopedic surgeons. In this article, Dr. Justin Barad, (CEO) explains how VR could also be use beyond initial training, to measure quantitatily skills for exemple. Training tests has been done and results are really impressive. Dr. Justin Barad hopes to extend perimeter of Osso VR simulations in the next few months to heart surgery. With Osso VR, those who are learning…

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Medical Software Maker Medivis Closes $2.3 Million in Funding to Bring HoloLens to Surgical Platform

Christopher Morley, co-founder of Medivis, wants that surgeons see directly in 3D during operation and don’t be distracted by converting 2D medical picture to the “real world”. To do that, Medivis is developing a complete set of software and the company is working with Microsoft Hololens. With this fund raising, they will spread the Medivis platforme to more testing teams. Using the HoloLens, the SurgicalAR software precisely maps medical imaging onto a surgeon’s view of…

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Augmented reality surgical technology unveiled by Philips and Microsoft

Just after the presentation of the new version of Hololens by Microsoft at MWC, Philips shown an use case in healthcare, precisely in surgery. Connected with Philipes Azurion platform, Hololens allows people to easily see 2D and 3D pictures from various instruments. This tool gives also a more natural way to interact with digital data, throught voice and gestures At the MWC (25–26 February, Barcelona, Spain), formerly the Mobile World Congress, Philips unveiled a unique mixed…

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Operative Anatomy of the Human Skull: A Virtual Reality Expedition

In this article, authors explain the creation of a high quality 3D model of human cranial vault. They also show the benefice of this medication for surgery training, education, and research. The skull models that were presented have the potential to serve as a novel method of understanding cranial anatomy with an emphasis on accuracy, completeness, and visual appeal. It has utility in educational, illustrative, and surgical training purposes. The models provide critical insight into the…

"Operative Anatomy of the Human Skull: A Virtual Reality Expedition"

A Hand‐Eye Calibration Method for Augmented Reality Applied to Computer‐Assisted Orthopedic Surgery

In this article authors present a new calibration method to increase the precision of the position for a Hololens. Using external system combined with embedded SLAM and a “hand‐eye” based approach, it could be possible to lowered uncertainty on Virtual/Real position close to 3 mm. Augmented reality (AR) allows the surgeon to represent holographic patient‐specific anatomical information and surgical instruments on the physical world. To correctly superimpose virtual and physical objects, a hand‐eye calibration method…

"A Hand‐Eye Calibration Method for Augmented Reality Applied to Computer‐Assisted Orthopedic Surgery"

Nadine Hachach-Haram: How augmented reality could change the future of surgery

In this TEDx video Nadine Hachach-Haram (CEO of Proximie) explains how surgeons can use immersive technologies to be “teleported” everywhere in the world to perform a surgical intervention. By using augmented reality, robotic, IA and high-speed network it will be possible to give patients access to the surgeon they need. Surgeon and entrepreneur Nadine Hachach-Haram is developing a new system that helps surgeons operate together and train one another on new techniques — from remote…

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ARveo microscope from Leica Microsystems : a single field of view with all data

Leica Microsystems presents a new microscope dedicated to neurosurgery. This device gives all visual information in a single field of you in front of surgeon. With the help of augmented reality, he can view fluorescence images directly on the patient and go to different pictures without interruption. Cutting edge view of ARveo digital augmented reality microscope marks a new generation of integrated rich information instruments Source: News Details: Leica Microsystems

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Follow the light: projector-based augmented reality intracorporeal system for laparoscopic surgery

In this article you can discover a AR system use to assist surgeons in laparoscopic partial nephrectomy A projector-based augmented reality intracorporeal system (PARIS) is presented that includes a miniature tracked projector, tracked marker, and laparoscopic ultrasound (LUS) transducer. PARIS was developed to improve the efficacy and safety of laparoscopic partial nephrectomy (LPN). In particular, it has been demonstrated to effectively assist in the identification of tumor boundaries during surgery and to improve the surgeon’s…

"Follow the light: projector-based augmented reality intracorporeal system for laparoscopic surgery"

How augmented reality gives one doctor surgical ‘superpowers’

In this article, you will discover how Dr. Joshua Bederson and his team in Mount Sinai Hospital (NYC) use immersive technologies to prepare ans operate complex brain surgeries. The use of “Surgical Theater” software gives surgeons a 360° vision of the patient and is linked to a Occulus VR helmet to see “inside” the brain. It’s a way to limit the workload for the surgeon. The new technology includes a program called Surgical Theater, which…

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Augmedics’ augmented-reality surgical system shows promise

In this study about spine surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the use of augmented reality system “xvision” allows a good increase of accuracy (from 94.6% to 96.7% of succeed). The main benefice is that surgeon can work without looking away from the patient. XVS essentially provides the surgeon with ‘X-ray vision’ &mash; enabling them to navigation through a patient’s skin and tissue. It’s intended for use in minimally-invasive or open spine surgeries, but has potential…

"Augmedics’ augmented-reality surgical system shows promise"

Surgeons use HoloLens to peer into patients’ legs

At St. Mary’s Hospital a team from Imperial College London use a Hololens to see “inside” the body and to prepare surgical interventions. All of the patients first underwent CT scans, to obtain 3D images of the bones and blood vessels in the injured limb. When the HoloLens-wearing doctors were subsequently performing the surgery, those images were superimposed on their view of the leg – to them, it was as if they could actually see through…

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France performs world’s first virtual reality surgery

This operation has been done with Microsoft Hololense. The AR glasses facilitates access to data like X-rays, scanners and MRIs thanks to uses of 3D reconstructed models directly projected on the patient. It is also possible to prepare the operation with these technologies and, during the surgical intervention, the surgeon could be “assisted” by colleagues. In french : Replay : une opération chirurgicale en réalité augmentée Doctors at the Avicenne de Bobigny hospital (Ile-de-France) have…

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