Spinal cases are often characterized by varying degrees of unnatural curvature in the spine, as with scoliosis. Each case is unique, and often 2D scans are not enough to provide a holistic portrayal of the degrees of curvature within the spine. ImmersiveView's ability to generate a digital “twin” of any patient allows surgeons to more intuitively create a surgical plan and coordinate with his or her surgical team to ensure cohesive efforts in the operating room. For instance, the use of fluoroscopy is critical in guiding a surgeon through spinal fusion surgeries and in placing rods and screws.
With scoliosis cases, it can often be difficult to maintain an accurate bearing on the orientation of the spine due to the variable degrees of curvature. With ImmersiveView, the surgeon and fluoroscopy technician can use a realistic patient model to collaborate prior to surgery, coordinate during surgery, and overall lessen the chances of error and confusion, easing the surgical process.
Complex spinal reconstruction cases are often staged procedures, requiring evaluation and planning before and after each stage. In this case, a young female patient presents with severe progressive scoliosis, and is being operated on for stabilization and correction of the spinal deformity. The intra-operative CT scan was taken to evaluate the initial hardware placement. ImmersiveView enables surgeons to physically interact with the 3D patient scans with their hands, something not possible with existing technology. With traditional 2D scans, important details of the anatomy can often time be missed, and with existing 3D scans, the anatomy is not intuitively explorable. In VR, these limitations do not exist. Clear imaging and seamless scan navigation allow surgeons to plan and perform surgeries more confidently and swiftly, at the same time hopefully improving patient outcomes while lowering surgical costs.