Israeli start-up Augmedics is developing the xvision-spine system (XVS): An Augmented Reality Surgical Navigation System, designed to give surgeons “X-ray vision” during spine surgeries. With XVS, surgeons can see and navigate inside a patient’s body through skin and tissue, which may lead to easier, faster and better outcome surgeries. The XVS system comprises a transparent near-eye-display headset with IR tracker and has all elements of traditional navigation systems. It accurately determines the position of surgical tools, in real-time, and superimposes them on the patient's CT data. The navigation data is then projected onto the surgeons' retina using the transparent near-eye-display headset, allowing surgeons to simultaneously look at their patient and see the navigation data without averting their eyes to a remote screen.
XVS may be used in many procedures, with its first application for minimally invasive or open spine surgeries. XVS uses patented see-through optics to project a 3D image of a patient's spine, as well as axial and sagittal planes, onto a surgeon's retina, in real-time, with surgical precision and outstanding depth perception.
Founded in 2014, Augmedics seeks to improve healthcare by developing cutting edge technologies that will revolutionize surgeries. Augmedics is funded by various investors, led by AO-Invest, an investment arm of the AO-Foundation, and has received numerous honors, including Technion’s BizTEC 2014, MedTech Innovator 2016, and MEDinISRAEL 2017. It was a finalist at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2017 Startup Battlefield and recognized as a leading HealthTech Innovator in the 2017 Global Digital Health 100 by the Journal of mHealth.
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