Virginia Spine Institute surgeons win award for AR research


Ehsan Jazini, MD, Christopher Good, MD, Thomas Schuler, MD, and Colin Haines, MD of the Virginia Spine Institute in Reston earned the Global Spine Journal's 2022 Best Paper Award.

The surgeons won for their paper, "Augmented Reality-Assisted Spine Surgery: An Early Experience Demonstrating Safety and Accuracy with 218 Screws," according to an April 25 news release. 

The paper looked at augmented reality-assisted screw placements in spine surgery between October 2020 and August 2021. Findings include a 97.1 percent accuracy with no revisions needed.

"This study illustrates that technology is advancing our field in meaningful ways," Dr. Haines said in the release. "It demonstrates the importance of looking beyond traditional freehand techniques with spine surgery. The use of such advanced technology is supported by data showing that this technology can lead to improved accuracy and better patient outcomes by decreasing complications."

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