Insight Medical Systems, a medical device company, has announced that it is teaming up with surgical oncology company Onkos Surgical Inc to explore opportunities to apply Insight Medical’s Augmented Reality (AR) Visualization and Information System (ARVIS) in musculoskeletal oncology.
This new partnership will see the two companies working on a pilot project to assess the technology for use in tumor surgery. ARVIS, which is still in active development, offers tracking and visualization capabilities that allow precise and efficient execution of surgical plans. The headset that the user wears has the ability to project virtual models of the patient’s anatomy into the surgeon’s field of view thanks to the ARVIS system. This means that during a surgical procedure the anatomical structure beneath the surface of the patient would be visible to the surgeon, helping to ensure a smooth operation.
“Onkos Surgical is investing heavily in capabilities and technology to bring innovation to musculoskeletal oncology surgeons,” said Patrick Treacy, CEO and co-founder of Onkos. “Augmented reality technology has the potential of simplifying the complex and providing surgeons with input and feedback that may improve the precision of surgical planning and interoperative workflow. This technology fits well with our portfolio of precision oncology solutions.”
Virtual models of implants or instruments can also be projected to further enhance the view of the surgeon, allowing them to see the relationship to the hidden anatomical structures. Key measurements, such as the orientation and position of instruments and implants relative to the patient’s anatomy, would also be displayed as part of the ARVIS system. On top of improving the surgeons view, it would also enable less invasive surgery to be performed, improve outcomes and reduce patient risk.
“We’re excited to partner with Onkos, who is a leader in the field of orthopedic oncology,” said Jonathan Nielsen, vice president of R&D at Insight Medical Systems. “There is a great opportunity to improve precision and visualization in these complex procedures, and Onkos is an ideal partner to jointly develop a system that complements their expertise in surgical planning and implant design.”
The ARVIS system is still in development and no time frame has been given as to when the system will be brought out for general use. VRFocus will be sure to keep you up to date on all the latest from Onkos Surgical and Insight Medical Systems in the future. For everything else AR, keep reading VRFocus.