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McGill First in North America to Use Augmented Reality Technology for Target-Guided Surgery

Country Correspondent: Aisha Gomez

Target-guided surgery — which uses augmented reality to allow surgeons to conduct complicated surgeries with greater precision and accuracy — is being used in North America for the first time at the McGill University Health Center. The German technology creates a roadmap derived from the patient scans that are displayed on monitors during surgery to help surgeons navigate across delicate areas of the body, such as the sinuses. Equipped with alerts and guiding mechanisms, the system provides surgeons, especially inexperienced ones, with an additional safety net during difficult surgeries. The tool also allows doctors to study a patient’s anatomy before surgery.

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