Surgery room of the near future

Surgery room of the near future

OP-Saal der Zukunft mit MR

Imagine a surgeon working in the operating theatre: he is operating on a complicated bone fracture, an FCD in the brain responsible for epileptic seizures, or simply in the
sinuses, but he has no screens around him, only the operating room staff, the surgical instruments, and the patient.

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.

Surgery room future VSI

Advantages for assistant physicians

The great advantage for junior surgeons and at the same time for the training surgeon is that he can project his field of vision through the mixed reality glasses directly onto the glasses of the assistant surgeons, who no longer have to bend over the surgical site to see something. They can closely observe the exact movements of the trained surgeon over their glasses, saving expensive operating time, relieving the surgeon and helping the junior surgeon to a better understanding and faster learning.

Advantages for the anaesthetist

An anaesthetist monitors the patient’s current values throughout the entire operation, allowing the measured data to be projected directly onto the doctor’s glasses in real time and granting access to the patient’s historical data stored in the system at any time.

Advantages for the surgical staff

irtual Surgery Intelligence (VSI) works without any markers, Vuforia or other tools that require measurement or pre-setting and is connected to all systems in the operating
room and only needs to be turned on, which means less work, less preparation and no later dismantling of instruments for the surgical staff, making hybrid operations even easier.

Required operating room equipment

If you are planning your new operating room and wonder what conditions it has to meet and what it needs to be equipped with to acquire and use technology such as VSI, the answer is as simple as VSI itself: all you need is a good, stable and secure Wi-Fi Network.