Royal Philips recently introduced an industry-first solution to advance minimally-invasive spine procedures, called the ClarifEye Augmented Reality Surgical Navigation. The global health leader has developed the technology for the Hybrid Operating Room, such as Philips’ Hybrid Suite.
It provides a unique solution for live intra-operative visual feedback by combining superb 2D and 3D visualizations at low X-ray dose with 3D augmented reality (AR). This will support the precise positioning of pedicle screws during spinal fusion procedures.
The technology has been fully integrated into the Philips Azurion image-guided therapy platform that will facilitate accurate screw placement and reduce the need for postoperative CT scans by enabling efficient workflow with intra-procedural navigation and verification.
Through the minimally-invasive approach to spine surgery, patients are sure to benefit enormously. Reduced postoperative pain, shortened hospital stays, reduced blood loss, and minimized soft tissue damage being a few of the advantages. Moreover, it will lead to fewer revision surgeries compared to the traditional techniques because of the intraoperative image guidance that will enhance clinical accuracy.
“In spine surgery, when you change your approach to a minimally invasive one, you also have to change the way you operate because you need another way to see inside the spine,” said Dr. Pietro Scarone, a neurosurgeon at Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale in Lugano, Switzerland.
“With ClarifEye, the technology adapts to the needs of the surgeon, rather than the surgeon adapting to the requirements of the technology,” he added.
Dr. Adria Elmi-Terander, from the Department of Neurosurgery at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, said, “Augmented reality surgical navigation helps us to place pedicle screws in positions where we actually couldn’t or wouldn’t do otherwise,”
“Through co-creation with our clinical partners we’ve developed an innovative integrated solution that has the potential to improve outcomes and reduce costs for minimally invasive spine procedures,” stated Ronald Tabaksblat, General Manager Image Guided Therapy Systems at Philips.
“With ClarifEye we are delivering on our strategy of expanding minimally invasive surgery into new clinical areas. The solution is built on the Philips next-generation Azurion image-guided therapy platform, enabling an unmatched level of integration and an intuitive experience for clinicians.”
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