7 new spine, orthopedic AR systems in 2022

Spinal Tech

Several new augmented reality systems for spine and orthopedics went to market in the U.S. or were approved in 2022.

Knee+: Pixee Medical's Knee+ system was launched in the U.S. more than a year after it debuted in Europe and Australia. Knee+ is a platform using 3D imaging and AR to assist total knee replacements and is designed for outpatient procedures. It was launched in Australia and Europe in January 2021.

​​NextAR: Medacta's NextAR system for shoulder surgery was released in April. It uses preoperative planning and a 3D virtual model to help surgeons track the position of surgical implants and instruments in real time. 

Holo Portal: Surgalign's AR and artificial intelligence platform received FDA clearance for lumbar spine procedures in January and debuted in May. The system incorporates intraoperative images to plan screw placement trajectories and shows anatomy and pinpoints the paths using AR. 

Arvis: Enovis' Arvis system was launched in July and is designed for hip and knee replacements. It is reportedly the only FDA-cleared hands-free, real-time AR system for orthopedic surgeons in the U.S. Arvis is a wearable surgical device that can be worn either on a headband or a helmet during surgery, which allows surgeons a hands-free view of surgery without having to use screens on the other end of the room. 

IntraOpVSP: Xironetic's IntraOpVSP earned FDA clearance in November. It displays patient CT and MRI images as 3D holograms using AR headsets. The system is designed for complex surgeries and covers a range of specialties including orthopedics and neurosurgery.

SyncAR: SyncAR was co-developed by neurosurgeons at Hoag's Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute. It uses 3D images to show detailed visualization of patient anatomy and surgical hardware and was FDA cleared in September.

Caduceus S: Surglasses' Caduceus S augmented reality spine navigation system received 510(k) clearance in December. The system uses C-arm images to help surgeons with AR and pre-surgical planning. It then superimposes 3D images on the patient using a head mounted display. The system has been used in Taiwan, and Surglasses aims to launch in the U.S. in 2023.

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