Medtronic, Surgical Theater partner on augmented reality platform for cranial procedures

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) announced today that it partnered with Surgical Theater to offer an augmented reality platform for cranial procedures.

Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic will interface its StealthStation S8 surgical navigation system with Surgical Theater’s SyncAR technology in an effort to enable neurosurgeons to use AR in real-time to enhance their visualization during complex cranial procedures, according to a news release.

SyncAR is designed to allow surgeons to visualize brian structures, test virtual surgical tools and plan surgeries before entering the operating room through fighter-jet simulation technology. StealthStation S8 is designed to track surgical instruments and guide the user during procedures through hardware and clinical software with tracking and image dataset merging algorithms.

Integration of SyncAR into the StealthStation S8 cranial solution is set to give surgeons the opportunity to expand the benefits of AR and see a 360°…

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