Virtual and augmented reality device manufacturer, Ocutrx Technologies is launching an enhanced model of the ORLenz surgery headset. The surgical loupe device is designed to enhance a surgeon’s vision during spinal surgery through the use of augmented and Extended Reality (XR).

The add-on brings additional functionality to the ORLenz surgery headset which Ocutrx Technologies says is currently in the clinical assessment phase as a part of its OR-Bot 3D Surgical Visualization Theatre aimed at transforming ophthalmologic procedures.

The augmented reality (AR) device works by displaying 3D holographic images of the surgery site and is also designed to address a small procedural issue with the use of traditional loupes, allowing for the lenses to be adjustable and digitally alterable so as to increase comfort for surgeons using the device, whereas a traditional loupe requires surgeons to maintain a specific position, further stressing a delicate surgery.

Simon Prosser, global director of surgical applications at Ocutrx, said: “Our ambition with the ORLenz has always been to push the boundaries of surgical technology to make surgeries less painful for surgeons. A few years back, we submitted a patent application for the DigiLoupe headset, designed to replace traditional loupes, mainly due to its superior ergonomics for surgeons.

“We’re anticipating the patent’s approval shortly. With our ongoing assessments in ophthalmology, we are excited about this stand-alone digital loupe version of the ORLenz to explore its future role in spine and other surgeries.”

This comesafter Ocutrx Technologies was able to secure a hold on its  supply chain after acquiring Spectrum Advanced Manufacturing Technologies. Elsewhere in the field of virtual reality (VR) and AR devices, Novarad’s VisAR saw success in a first pediatric deformity surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis.

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Leonel Hunt, a spine specialist at the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center and member of Ocutrx’s Medical Advisory Board added: “The prospect of integrating the DigiLoupe headset’s visual and ergonomic capabilities into spine surgery as a stand-alone device offers a new frontier in surgical precision. As a surgeon with a biomedical engineering background, I can say that this technology’s advanced visualization and surgeon positioning will significantly enhance surgical accuracy and patient safety.”