- Industry-first augmented-reality surgical navigation technology supports Philips’ expansion in the fast growing image-guided minimally-invasive surgery market
- Combination of 3D X-ray imaging and optical imaging provides surgeons with a unique augmented-reality view of the inside and outside of a patient during surgical procedures
Amsterdam, the Netherlands - Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a leader in integrated image-guided therapy solutions, today announced the development of an industry-first augmented-reality surgical navigation technology that is designed to help surgeons perform image-guided open and minimally-invasive spine surgery. Philips is a pioneer in hybrid operating room (hybrid OR) solutions to facilitate both surgical and minimally-invasive endovascular procedures, with over 750 hybrid ORs installed globally. The addition of this new augmented reality technology will further widen the scope of Philips hybrid OR solutions to other fast-growing areas of image-guided surgery including spine, cranial and trauma procedures.
Spine surgery was traditionally an ‘open surgery’ procedure, accessing the affected area via a large incision so that surgeons could physically see and touch the patient’s spine in order to position implants such as pedicle screws. In recent years, however, there has been a definite shift to the use of minimally-invasive techniques, performed by manipulating surgical tools through small incisions in the patient’s skin in order to minimize blood loss and soft tissue damage, and consequently reduce postoperative pain. Due to inherently reduced visibility of the spine during these procedures, surgeons have to rely on real-time imaging and navigation solutions to guide their surgical tools and implants. The same is true for minimally-invasive cranial surgery and surgery on complex trauma fractures.