French doctor performs first surgery with augmented reality vision

Equipped with a special helmet designed by the American company Microsoft, the doctor was able to visualize the patient’s skeleton and tendons in great detail.

French doctor Thomas Grégory performed the first operation in the world on Tuesday using a helmet with augmented reality vision, a technology that can contribute to improving accuracy in certain surgical interventions.

In the operation, which thanks to the new technologies was accompanied by three other doctors in the United Kingdom, South Korea, and the United States, Grégory placed a prosthesis on the shoulder of an 80-year-old patient, a rather delicate procedure.

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“It was as if the patient’s shoulder came to my eyes. All the help a doctor can expect in these conditions becomes reality, “said the surgeon, head of the orthopedic and orthopedic surgery and trauma department at the Avicenne Hospital in Bobigny, just outside Paris.

Equipped with a special helmet designed by the American company Microsoft, Grégory was able to visualize the patient’s skeleton and tendons in great detail thanks to a series of x-rays and other imaging tests performed before the operation.

Thanks to this device, surgery can be performed with millimetric precision, an important advantage in delicate procedures like the placement of prostheses.

In addition, those responsible for the experiment emphasized that the new technique minimizes the risk of infection.

The helmet allows the use of holograms representing different parts of the patient’s body and also determine the exact thickness of the tissues and the concrete site of nearby organs that remain invisible in a normal operation and therefore may be affected.

In addition, the doctor can consult the patient’s medical chart directly and even consult colleagues who accompany the operation in real time.

Grégory compared the “leap” that represents this technology with “the passage from the encyclopedia to the search engine of the internet,” because, thanks to the digital revolution, “limits human error .”

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“The technique will allow us to standardize this type of operation and thus reduce the risks,” said Grégory, who said that when its use becomes widespread “it will be the same as switching from aircraft in the Saint-Exupery era to current flights commercials “.

The doctor recalled that the success of some operations depends on “millimeters” and that the technology can also be applied in vascular surgeries in the brain, the most delicate.

Augmented reality technology is already used in military aircraft cabins and in some home electronic games.