The big difference: all surgical staff, including the responsible surgeon and his assistants, as well as the surgical nurses wear mixed reality glasses, each of which displays the required Images and information virtually into their individual field of vision.
Medical technology is making great strides – the rudimentary course of surgical procedures calls for improvements, optimization and automation.
In a well-equipped operating theatre there are many helpful and supportive navigation systems, but they require prior set-up and alignment, which is always challenging given
the time pressure in the operating theatre; in addition, the surgeon has to turn his eyes away from the patient during the operation in order to look at one of the screens and then match what he sees with the operating site – obstacles that will soon no longer exist.
Mixed Reality in the surgery room
All navigation systems and CT/MRI images, including segmentation of important structures, are displayed in 3D directly in the surgeon’s field of vision using mixed reality glasses and corresponding software like the Virtual Surgery Intelligence (VSI).
The great advantage of mixed reality is that the real environment remains visible and the required information, data and holograms are projected into this real space, allowing everyone involved to move freely.
Advantages for the operating surgeon
The responsible surgeon can use Virtual Surgery Intelligence (VSI) to prepare for the upcoming procedure by virtually cutting into the 3D CT/MRI images of the patient and checking the anatomical conditions.
During the operation itself, the VSI helps the surgeon with the anatomical alignment. 3D images merge virtually with the surgical site as required, allowing the surgeon to choose
whether to display the complete images or only decisive structures that have previously been segmented and color-coded in order to be able to penetrate to the corresponding site more safely and quickly.
After the operation, the surgeon can compare the images taken before and after the operation, document results and take further measures.