Feasibility of mixed reality-based intraoperative three-dimensional image-guided navigation for atlanto-axial pedicle screw placement.

Research paper by Xinghuo X Wu, Rong R Liu, Song S Xu, Cao C Yang, Shuhua S Yang, Zengwu Z Shao, Suyun S Li, Zhewei Z Ye

Indexed on: 04 Mar '21Published on: 17 Oct '19Published in: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of engineering in medicine


This study aimed to evaluate the safety and accuracy of mixed reality-based intraoperative three-dimensional navigated pedicle screws in three-dimensional printed model of fractured upper cervical spine. A total of 27 cervical model from patients of upper cervical spine fractures formed the study group. All the C1 and C2 pedicle screws were inserted under mixed reality-based intraoperative three-dimensional image-guided navigation system. The accuracy and safety of the pedicle screw placement were evaluated on the basis of postoperative computerized tomography scans. A total of 108 pedicle screws were properly inserted into the cervical three-dimensional models under mixed reality-based navigation, including 54 C1 pedicle screws and 54 C2 pedicle screws. Analysis of the dimensional parameters of each pedicle at C1/C2 level showed no statistically significant differences in the ideal and the actual entry points, inclined angles, and tailed angles. No screw was misplaced outside the pedicle of the three-dimensional printed model, and no ionizing X-ray radiation was used during screw placement under navigation. It is easy and safe to place C1/C2 pedicle screws under MR surgical navigation. Mixed reality-based navigation is feasible within upper cervical spinal fractures with improved safety and accuracy of C1/C2 pedicle screw insertion.