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AdventHealth Hospital Successfully Uses VisAR Augmented Reality for Craniosynostosis Surgery

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

AdventHealth for Children, a nationally recognized pediatric hospital and network of specialists in Central Florida, recently achieved success in cranial vault remodeling for craniosynostosis using the VisAR augmented reality surgical navigation system. This surgery, aimed at correcting a child's misshapen skull, demonstrates the efficacy of augmented reality (AR) as a valuable guide in intricate procedures. Craniosynostosis, a congenital condition where an infant's skull bones fuse prematurely, can lead to an abnormal head shape and potential developmental issues.

The VisAR system projected the planned surgical cuts onto the child's skull, offering real-time, three-dimensional visualization and heightened precision. Traditional craniosynostosis surgery involves multiple complex steps, but AR technology streamlines the process by providing detailed navigation for surgeons. The capabilities and precision of this technology are remarkable, making AR navigation a significant advancement for such surgeries.

VisAR's applications extend beyond craniosynostosis, having been utilized in various surgical disciplines worldwide, including spine, neurosurgery, orthopedics, interventional radiology, and plastic surgery. The system is FDA-cleared for stereotactic spinal surgery and is currently available for purchase in the United States, Mexico, and Indonesia. While VisAR awaits FDA approval for cranial indications, its global use underscores its potential in advancing surgical practices.


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