Caduceus: AR smart glasses enhance surgeon skills

If you think superhero powers are a myth, think again. Earlier this year, Taiwan Main Orthopedics Co., introduced smart surgical glasses called Caduceus. These smart surgical glasses are designed to augment the skills of a surgeon during complicated procedures.

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Dr. Min-Liang Wang, DEAO of Taiwan Main Orthopedics.
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Traditionally, a surgeon uses fluoroscopy to verify the needle insertion, requiring them to periodically look away from the patient to observe the monitor. However, Caduceus uses the trajectory of a surgical instrument like a GPS system. That allows the surgeon to see the exact position of needle insertion without ever taking their eyes off the patient to look at other instruments or monitors.

In addition, combining mixed reality technology with surgical navigation, Caduceus enables surgeons to see through a patient’s body and visualize a 3D model of the anatomy of the patient’s vascular and nervous systems. “These glasses can be thought of as X-ray glasses,” said Dr. Min-Liang Wang, inventor and CEO of Taiwan Main Orthopedics.

According to Wang, the patients’ benefit from the innovation of the Caduceus because they quicken recovery times due to smaller incisions during the procedure. The high level of toxic radiation associated with equipment such as a C-arm or another form of X-ray technology can affect patient, surgeon and medical team alike. They can cause side effects ranging from soft tissue and skin burns to cancer. “Caduceus allows the surgical time to be shortened and the radiation exposure to be diminished, which benefits the patients and the physicians,” Dr. Wang said.

Dr. Wang added that the technology has already been met with overwhelming support and excitement. “This technology comes from real clinical trials. Surgeons really need the advanced technology, especially during complicated surgeries like spinal surgery.”

The CEO has high hopes for the technology to improve patient outcomes and continue to make complex procedures even safer and less time consuming for both patients and surgeons. Therefore the company plans to develop specific educational courses that can help surgeons fully understand how to properly use the Caduceus glasses.

According to Dr. Wang, who is also an Assistant Professor in the school of Electrical and Computing Engineering at Taiwan’s National Chung Cheng University, Caduceus surgical smart glasses will be available in January of 2019.

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