Augmented reality (AR) is a type of technology that allows virtual elements to be layered on top of real images. It offers interactive and enhanced experiences to the user through digital devices combining the virtual and physical dimensions.

AR is revolutionising the medical sector, and the global AR market will reach $152bn by 2030, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 36% over the ten-year period, according to GlobalData forecasts. Devices that incorporate this technology have the potential to make surgical processes more efficient, providing access to data at the point of care and documenting procedures. This technology can reconstruct the patient’s pathology and even the surgical planning previously carried out. The benefit for the patient is evident due to the increased precision and safety of the surgery.

The acquisition of Insights Medical by Enovis Corporation’s subsidiary, DJO Global, will fuel the growth of the technology in today’s market. The launch of ARVIS (Augmented Reality Visualisation and Information System) on 20 July marked an important milestone in the orthopaedic guided surgery sector. ARVIS was designed to assist surgeons during orthopaedic surgery navigation; it provides an alternative for the surgeons to visualise the hidden structures beneath the surface through a portable headset that allows the display of 3D anatomic models of the patient in real-time during the surgery.

ARVIS is the next generation of augmented reality surgical guidance in orthopaedic surgery and has shown itself to be intuitive and natural to use for surgeons. It is also more sustainable and environmentally friendly than other technologies because it does not require single-use or disposable consumables. This technology will provide the surgeons with more information and enhance the surgical experience at a lower cost than robotic systems.

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