TitleAugmented Surgical Navigator - Augmented Reality supporting Liver Surgery.
Project id.133
Reference sectorSMART CITY
IP Protection LevelWe did not submit any patent application yet, but we will start the procedure as soon as possible.
Description of the innovation projectThe Augmented Surgical Navigator is an image-guided surgical platform able to support surgeon in preoperative and intraoperative phases for the treatment of the liver tumors through radio-frequency ablation (RFA). Augmented reality technology can support the surgeon by providing him a sort of an "X-Ray vision" of the patient anatomy, by increasing the surgeon's view with additional information consisting in virtual organs reconstructed by patient’s medical images through appropriate segmentation and classification algorithms. The system is modular and consists of a VR-based preoperative surgical planning module and an AR-based intraoperative module.
State of dev.Prototype
Industrial applicationMedical and Healthcare Industry.
Market segmentDirect market is characterized by public and private healthcare facilities and with surgery departments. Indirect market consists of the main vendors of biomedical equipment and, in particular, those for diagnostic imaging and for the operating room. A price will be identified for each module based on the specific customer needs.
Advantage factorIn the same market segment of minimally invasive surgery, there are numerous international companies providing operating room equipment which offer various surgical navigation software solutions, but without using AR technology. Compared to the identified vendors panorama, the Augmented Surgical Navigator differs first of all for the technology in use (augmented reality) which enables new possibilities for advanced visualization and the use of image-guided surgical navigation.
Commercial challengeThe market analysis conducted through targeted research on the web and in technical literature showed that, at present, there are no direct competitors who have industrialized and sold surgical navigation software and intraoperative support based on augmented reality technology. Instead, there are several experimental and research initiatives in the academic field focused on the use of augmented reality in minimally invasive surgery.
Publications and Customer Refereces- L. T. De Paolis, F. Ricciardi, “Augmented Visualization in the Treatment of the Liver Tumours with Radiofrequency Ablation”, Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering: Imaging & Visualization, Taylor and Francis, 2017, pp.1-9, ISSN 2168-1163; - L. T. De Paolis, “Advanced Navigation and Augmented Visualization in Minimally Invasive Surgery”, International Journal of Computers, Vol. 1, pp. 199-205, 2016, ISSN: 2367-8895;

Proposal of cooperation agreementVenture capital financing, Sub-contracting Agreement