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Using VR to Develop Spinal Implants

Using VR to Develop Spinal Implants

Seymourpowell and Axis Spine Technologies have teamed up to offer a virtual reality (VR) solution for creating spinal implants. The two partners have developed a modular system that surgeons can use to assemble an implant for each individual patient. They are also working towards a new approach to preoperative planning and product support during surgery using both virtual and augmented reality (AR).

Seymourpowell’s designed and coded virtual reality platform uses digital twin technology to support implant construction and hardware concepts. The implants consist of three customizable components that can be combined to produce appropriate implants for each patient. Partners reported in a press release that such a unit gives surgeons options to select the best implant for a patient during surgery.

Nick Sandham, associate principal at Seymourpowell, explained in the release: “We envisioned the implant not only from a functional point of view, but from a logistical and emotional perspective as well.” While the module is a wonderful enabler of customized patient solutions, we had to beware of alienating unfamiliar surgeons or complex healthcare institutions. On the contrary, we have taken great care to develop an elegant solution to make surgery simpler, safer and streamlined for all involved.”

Craig Bunyan, Associate Director and Lead Creative Technology Team at Seymourpowell added: “Using VR as a hub for communication and collaboration during the design process expedited early design decisions. It also laid the foundation for an interactive VR customer engagement tool that Axis uses to showcase key benefits and educate Procedural nuances of the implant system”.

This approach can help prepare nurses and surgeons for future surgeries. “This kind of holistic education can also have great benefits for patients. Without any form of medical training, complex procedures and narratives can be overwhelming, as well as very daunting. Being able to articulate key messages through a clear multimedia experience compelling and consistent behavior that will help better define patient expectations and play an important role in the future of healthcare,” said John Arcos, CEO and Founder, Axis Spine Technologies.

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