Scopis launches Holographic Navigation Platform for use in surgery

7 May 2017 (Last Updated May 7th, 2017 18:30)

Scopis has launched Holographic Navigation Platform, which can be helpful in surgical procedures.

Scopis has launched Holographic Navigation Platform, which can be helpful in surgical procedures.

Besides providing greater precision and speed to surgeons, the platform offers better outcomes to patients undergoing open and minimally invasive spinal procedures.

With the addition of Microsoft HoloLens in the Scopis Navigation Platform, surgeons can plan the positioning and alignment of pedicle screws during multiple vertebrae fixation surgeries.

To use this platform in an operation, surgeons need to wear Microsoft HoloLens glasses, which communicate wirelessly with the Scopis system.

The pedicle screws’ positioning is projected onto the surgeons' field of view and then overlaid exactly onto patients, giving a mixed reality experience.

This enables surgeons to find the planned positions of screws faster and then to align surgical instruments interactively with the holographic visualisation.

"Integrating mixed reality tools into surgery is a huge technological advancement towards enhancing a surgeon’s vision and may provide greater benefits to patients."

Berlin-based Vivantes Humboldt Hospital Spinal Surgery Clinic chief Professor Christian Woiciechowsky said: “Scopis’ holographic solution has the potential to make spine surgery more effective, safe, and precise.

“Integrating mixed reality tools into surgery is a huge technological advancement towards enhancing a surgeon’s vision and may provide greater benefits to patients.”

Besides improving the accuracy of mixed reality overlay with the use of additional 3D position tracking, the holographic platform is claimed to revolutionise surgical workflows by allowing surgeons to use gestures while placing virtual monitors into their visual field so that their eyes can focus on the operative field.

The technology also reduces the radiation exposure from fluoroscopy devices that are presently used to determine the optimal position for screw placement during surgery.

Scopis CEO and founder Bartosz Kosmecki said: “Scopis’ Holographic Navigation Platform is a universal solution that offers specific advantages for spinal surgeries and can also be applied in the many other areas where the highest levels of precision and speed are critical. In neurosurgery, for example, brain tumours could be located faster and with higher accuracy.

“The development of this holographic platform further highlights Scopis’ leading role in medical mixed and augmented reality.”