Taiwan Main Orthopedics Company has introduced smart surgical glasses with multiple applications. Developed by university and industry groups, the augmented reality eyewear offers precise navigation during surgery and a 3D virtual reality view of the procedure.
The CT scans visible through the glasses constitute a sort of heads-up “x-ray vision” that allows the surgical team to remain focused on the operating field rather than referring to images on a monitor. The glasses also can be used for surgical planning, simulation and review.
The unit’s ability to integrate and organize images can aid surgical research. In addition, it can be used for training and to guide less-experienced surgeons operating in remote areas. Using the glasses also reduces the need for the typically large number of x-rays required to perform accurate orthopedic surgery.