Reston Hospital Center
October 15, 2020

Augmented reality headset gives surgeons “x-ray vision” during procedures for accurate and personalized implant placement while keeping their eyes on their patients

Reston, VA – Reston Hospital Center is now offering 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 to be used in surgery and is currently approved for use in open and minimally invasive spine implant procedures.

Similar to a real-time GPS, this “see-through” surgery lets surgeons know exactly 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 Augmedics xvision Spine System used at Reston Hospital Center allows surgeons to maintain their focus directly 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 Good, the first spine surgeon to utilize the new system at Reston Hospital Center. “Bringing AR into the operating room has the possibility of leading to smaller incisions and less invasive procedures which means less pain and faster recovery for patients. This technology will help elevate Reston Hospital’s complex spine program to an all new level.”

Reston Hospital Center’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 is then projected onto the surgeon’s retina using the headset, allowing him or her to simultaneously look at both the patient and the navigation data.

"Reston continues to be a leader in bringing advanced surgical technology to the communities we serve,” said John Deardorff, president and chief executive officer of Reston Hospital Center and HCA's Northern Virginia market. "We are committed to providing access to innovative technologies, like AR, to ensure our patients have the most optimal surgical outcomes.”