TriStar Health
January 26, 2021

TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital is the first hospital in Kentucky to use a groundbreaking augmented reality (AR) guidance system that allows spine surgeons to “see through” a patient’s anatomy as if they have “x-ray vision.” The system is the first AR guidance system used in surgery and is currently approved for open and minimally invasive spine implant procedures.

"TriStar Greenview continues to be a leader in bringing advanced surgical technology to our community,” said Mike Sherrod, Chief Executive Officer of TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital.  “We are committed to providing access to innovative technologies, like “Augmented Reality, to ensure our patients have the most optimal surgical outcomes.”

Similar to a real-time GPS, this “see-through” surgery lets surgeons know precisely where to place implants in a patient’s unique anatomy and is bringing a new standard of personalization and care to the operating room. The AR guided spine surgery technology is different from other image guidance systems. It allows surgeons directly to focus on the patient, rather than on a distant screen displaying the patient’s anatomy.

"We are extremely excited to have access to this groundbreaking technology," said Dr. Christopher Cook, the first spine surgeon to utilize the new system in the state of Kentucky. “The AR guided system gives surgeons a three-dimensional view of a patient’s anatomy, providing “x-ray vision” in real time. It means surgery with the utmost precision and efficiency, along with a smaller incision for our patients. This translates into less pain, faster recovery and better patient satisfaction.” 

TriStar Greenview’s new surgical system consists of a transparent near-eye-display headset and all elements of a traditional navigation system. It accurately determines the position of surgical tools, in real-time and superimposes them on the patient's CT data. The navigation data then projected onto the surgeon’s retina using the headset, allowing them to look simultaneously at both the patient and the navigation data.

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