In spine surgery, one of the biggest challenges is to place implants in the vertebrae for the treatment of patients with spinal malformations, fractures, and other back conditions. The margin of error can be as small as 1 millimeter, because the surgical area is right next to the spinal cord and the vertebral artery. To help surgeons navigate through these delicate areas, Karolinska University Hospital is pioneering the use of a new augmented-reality surgical navigation technology developed by Philips, as part of a wider innovation partnership.
Dr. Adrian Elmi Terander, a neurosurgeon at Karolinska, says the joint innovation project holds great promise. “With the help of live images during an operation, it becomes much easier for us to safely and accurately insert spinal implants.”