Philips expands global presence of augmented reality spine navigation solution

Philips ClarifEye at Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Children’s Hospital

Philips has announced that the first patients have been successfully treated using its 3D augmented reality (AR) spine navigation solution, ClarifEye, at Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Children’s Hospital (Barcelona, Spain) and the Armed Forces Hospital (Muscat, Oman).

In both cases the surgeons used the company’s integrated spine suite solution which includes the Azurion Hybrid Operating Room (OR) with ClarifEye.

ClarifEye combines 2D and 3D visualisations at low X-ray dose with 3D AR navigation into one system. According to Philips, this enables surgeons to define and navigate along the critical pathway using advanced real-time image guidance for precise device placement both in open and minimally invasive spine procedures.

The first patient treated with ClarifEye at Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Children’s Hospital involved open image guided surgery on a 12-year-old patient with severe congenital spondylolisthesis. Using the Philips spine solution, pedicle screws were successfully placed at four spine levels to fuse several lumbar vertebras. “The level of success of this surgery would not have been possible to reach without ClarifEye,” said Alejandro Peiró, orthopaedic surgeon and paediatric traumatologist at Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Children’s Hospital.

At the Armed Forces Hospital in Muscat, Oman, an adult 51-year-old patient with multi-level degenerative lumbar stenosis was successfully treated using minimally invasive techniques. Ahmed Al Jahwari, head of the orthopaedics and spine surgery department at the hospital, said: “Philips’ new technology enables us to perform less invasive procedures and produce better outcomes for patients with spine conditions. Thanks to the high quality of the intraoperative cone beam CT imaging and the positioning flexibility of the ClarifEye system, we can ensure that implants are in place which lowers post-operative CT scans to check implant placements.”

Karim Boussebaa, general manager of image guided therapy systems at Philips, added: “We’re excited that international access to ClarifEye is expanding, and more hospitals and patients will get to experience its benefits firsthand.

“As the latest addition to Spine Suite, ClarifEye adds a new dimension in surgical precision for patients. It is a great example of how we’re innovating procedures and helping clinicians to deliver on the quadruple aim of better health outcomes, improve patient experience and staff satisfaction, and lower cost of care.”


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