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Ohio State Offers Augmented Reality Spine Surgery

An orthopaedic spine surgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is the first in Ohio to use an augmented reality guidance system during open and minimally invasive spine implant procedures.

The Augmedics Xvision Spine System enables surgeons to simultaneously view overlaid images of a patient’s spine while looking at the patient on the operating table. The surgeon wore an augmented reality headset which displays the position of surgical tools in real time and superimposes them on the patient’s imaging data.

Orthopaedic spine surgeon at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center and professor of orthopaedics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr. Safdar Khan stated:

“While viewing a 3D model of a patient’s spine, I can plan my surgical approach in a more precise manner using smaller incisions… Operating in a more efficient manner has the potential to decrease the length of spine surgery and the use of anesthesia.”

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