U of Washington uses NASA rover tech in 1st-of-its-kind spine surgery

Spinal Tech

Richard Bransford, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, has completed the first successful in-human spine surgery using Proprio's Paradigm surgical technology platform. 

The Paradigm platform uses the same technology NASA uses in its space rovers, combining light field imaging technology with artificial intelligence to give surgical teams 3D visualization of anatomical structures and the surgical environment, offering real-time data insights in the operating room. 

With the new technology, surgeons receive progress updates during the entirety of the surgery, providing live patient anatomy updates, according to an Oct. 16 press release sent to Becker's. 

Using sensors and cameras, Paradigm captures high-definition multimodal images during surgery and integrates them with preoperative scans to provide surgeons with real-time mapping. 

"The successful first-in-human use of Paradigm marks a pivotal milestone in our journey to enhance the future of surgery," Gabriel Jones, CEO and co-founder of Proprio, said in the release. "We are honored by this validation of the potential of our platform to reshape surgical practices and drive meaningful reductions in costs, increasing access to essential healthcare."

Proprio's Paradigm platform earned FDA 510k clearance and funding earlier this year and is being deployed into select hospitals across the U.S. 

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