Scopis Announces Holographic Navigation Platform Using HoloLens for Open and Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgery

Specialist surgical navigation and medical augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) technology company Scopis has announced the Holographic Navigation Platform, designed to offer greater precision and speed to surgeons using Microsoft’s HoloLens headset.

Whilst wearing HoloLens, surgeons use Scopis Holographic Navigation Platform to see the planned positioning of pedicle screws, overlaid exactly onto the patient, creating the MR experience. The system allows the surgeon to find the screws’ planned positions faster and to align surgical instruments interactively with the holographic visualization.

“Scopis’ holographic solution has the potential to make spine surgery more effective, safe, and precise,” said Professor Christian Woiciechowsky, Chief of the Spinal Surgery Clinic at Vivantes Humboldt Hospital in Berlin in a statement. “Integrating mixed-reality tools into surgery is a huge technological advancement toward enhancing a surgeon’s vision and may provide greater benefits to patients.”

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Scopis’ technology uses additional 3-D position tracking to improve the MR experience. Additionally, the platform enables surgeons to place virtual monitors into their visual field near the patient, so their eyes remain on the operative field.

Another benefit of the Holographic Navigation Platform is the reduction of radiation exposure from fluoroscopy devices on patients and medical professionals, used to determine the optimal position for screw placement during surgery, as well as shortening surgery times.

“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 tumors could be located faster and with higher accuracy,” said Bartosz Kosmecki, CEO and Founder of Scopis. “The development of this holographic platform further highlights Scopis’ leading role in medical mixed and augmented reality.”

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