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Taiwan Develops Mixed Reality Smart Glasses for Medical Surgery

By Korbin Lan
Published: Feb 14,2017

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan's Institute for Information Industry (III), National Chin-Yi University of Technology, ADE Technology, and A-SPINE Asia Co. Ltd. have jointly developed the world's first smart glasses medical surgery solution which make use of mixed reality technology.

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The solution has successfully integrated 3D virtual images with a wearable device to solve problems in orthopedic surgery, reduce errors during surgical procedures, and decrease surgery times by over 30%.

In the past during course of operations, if it was necessary to observe bones when reseting or confirming safety, doctors had to use large numbers of X-ray images to assist them in determining surgical accuracy. At the same time, medical staff and patients would be exposed to large amounts of radiation which causes bodily harm.

However, the smart glasses developed in Taiwan have the capacity to solve the aforementioned problems and has enabled the surgical success rates and effectiveness to rise sharply while also doing away with X-ray radiation hazards.

National Chin-Yi University of Technology Professor Wang Ming-liang has conducted research from orthopedic surgery navigation with 3D skeletal Imaging algorithms, ADE is a smart glasses manufacturer, and A-SPINE specializes in positioning tools and implants for spinal surgery.

Having undergone tripartite co-development, this product has broken through current surgical guidance systems manufacturers' inability to make direct visualizations and deficiencies in pre-surgical planning and multiple different simultaneous viewing angles. In addition, the teams have integrated a number of different senior doctors' surgical experience.

Professor Wang Min-liang stated that after doctors have put on the surgical classes, through excellent design and MR technology with the X-ray images and digital data displays on the glasses, the patients' tissue can be seen through the smart glasses on the surgical platform, and the bone positions and instant capture are integrated with the patients' surgical data. During operations, real-time contrasting image data enables doctors to accurately pinpoint surgical knife locations.

These smart glasses have already been successfully demonstrated in hospital trials in Taiwan and have been utilized in more than 30 clinical cases.

(TR/ Phil Sweeney)

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