September 14, 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio – An orthopaedic spine surgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is the first in Ohio to use an augmented reality guidance system during open and minimally invasive spine implant procedures.Safdar Khan

The Augmedics xvision Spine System allows surgeons to simultaneously see a computer generated image of a patient’s spine while looking at the patient on the operating table. The augmented reality headset shows the position of surgical tools in real time and superimposes them on the patient’s imaging data.

“While viewing a 3D model of a patient’s spine, I can plan my surgical approach in a more precise manner using smaller incisions,” said Dr. Safdar Khan, orthopaedic spine surgeon at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center and professor of orthopaedics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. “Operating in a more efficient manner has the potential to decrease the length of spine surgery and the use of anesthesia.”

AR-Spine-SurgerySurgeons can keep their focus on the patient while using the image guidance system, rather than looking at a distant screen displaying the patient’s anatomy. The guidance system may also reduce surgeon exposure to radiation during the procedure.

“The addition of augmented reality to the full complement of complex spinal care available at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center will enhance our clinical team’s ability to develop an effective, personalized treatment plan for patients,” Khan said. “Our aim is to diagnose pain and help patients achieve the highest level of function possible.”


Media Contact: Serena Smith, Wexner Medical Center Media Relations,, 614-293-3737