COLUMBUS — The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is the first in the state to pilot new surgical technology.

What You Need To Know

  • The Augmedics xvision Spine System is a headset which allows doctors to see a 3D model of the spine while looking at a patient on the operating table

  • xvision is the first company to get FDA approval

  • The technology has been used on 20 patients at Ohio State

​Dr. Safdar Khan, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, said the company, xvision, approached the healthcare system with its augmented reality technology. It’s the first company to get FDA approval. 

“During the trial, I could tell this was a complete game changer in terms of the way we’re going to take care of patients in the future,” said Khan.

The Augmedics xvision Spine System is a headset Khan wears during surgery. It allows him to see a 3D model of the patient’s spine while also looking at them on the operating table. 

“This is such an incredible technology to harness because precision improves, operating room time decreases, the patient is off the table, less anesthesia.”

Jennifer Minnear is one of the first 20 patients Ohio State approved to use the technology on. She’s had five different surgeries before the one with augmented reality.

“This has by far been the quickest recovery that I’ve had,” said Minnear. “It’s been the least painful.”

Khan believes the technology will become standard in operating rooms across the country in the next three to five years. ​