It must be emphasized that augmented reality differs from the more well-known virtual reality (VR) since the latter creates a 3D world by completely detaching the user from reality. There are two aspects in which AR is unique: users do not lose touch with reality and can visually avail of information as quickly as possible. These unique characteristics allow RA to become a driving force in the future of medicine.
AR in surgery
Alascom can offer an algorithmic, real-time and multimodal image recording device, designed for performing surgical interventions. Using a multi-camera system, surgeons can access all the data they need, including preoperative imaging, powerful magnification, virtual annotation and collaborative feedback. And this happens directly in their field of vision. The system is completely intuitive to use. The Alascom solution combines machine learning and AR to create ultra-precise 3D medical images. The integrated artificial intelligence platform analyzes 3D rendering and stores and shares surgical data in real time. The potential of this technology is not limited to just visualization but allows medical teams to see through obstacles, zoom in and out without losing depth of field or surface detail, align instruments with precise preoperative plans and collaborate with colleagues in any part of the world.
AR in spinal surgery
Alascom can propose an AR guidance system that can be used in spinal surgery. It allows surgeons to view the 3D spinal anatomy of a patient during surgery as if they had an “X-ray vision” and to navigate precisely between instruments and implants by looking directly at the patient, instead of a remote screen. The system uniquely builds and enhances existing surgical navigation systems to meet the needs of surgeons and provide technical safety in the operating room.The FDA-approved AR system aims to revolutionize surgery by offering surgeons better control and visualization, which it can lead to more accurate and efficient surgeries. Augmented reality actually makes it possible to take an important step forward in improving results for spinal surgery: it allows surgeons to view a 3D image of the CT scan on the retina without looking at a remote screen. It has all the benefits of a neuro-navigation platform but is more convenient for hospitals and outpatient surgery centers. The AR system has demonstrated an overall accuracy of 98.9% percutaneous implant placement, eliminates the hassle of shifting attention by having to refer to a separate screen, and potentially reduces radiation exposure through traditional procedures based on fluoroscopy.
AR in orthopedic surgery
Another AR solution that Alascom can introduce is a system used during total knee arthroplasty operations. This system offers orthopedic surgeons intraoperative assistance for implant placement with the aid of augmented reality glasses. The cutting planes are oriented with respect to the patient’s mechanical axes and calculated according to anatomical reference points acquired with a specific pointer. The solution is truly innovative. The connected glasses accurately calculate the 3D coordinates of the instruments thanks to the analysis of their specific markers (QR-Code), captured by the integrated camera. The navigation information is displayed in the surgeon’s field of vision, who interacts with the application thanks to the accelerometers of the glasses.
Surgical planning and training
The Alascom solution allows you to convert CT, CBCT, 3D angiography and magnetic resonance scans into a “digital twin” of the patient providing a completely unique and unobstructed view through virtual reality. Without the limitation given by certain viewing angles, doctors can easily visualize the anatomy of the objective of their operation, clearly and accurately, just as it exists in reality. Doctors handle the scan as if it were a physical object in the palm of their hand, observing from all angles to get the best understanding of the situation, even entering the anatomy to take a closer look. The platform offered by Alascom allows you to generate high fidelity 3D replicas from the patient’s DICOM scan data and provides a variety of tools to be used directly on the model in Virtual Reality. This allows surgeons to study, evaluate and plan their surgeries, collaborate intra-operatively with their surgical team, better educate patients about their upcoming surgery, and provide the most advanced level of care available today.