With the Vostars a new
augmented reality enters
operating rooms.


With the VOSTARS project (Video and Optical See Through Augmented Reality Surgical Systems) augmented reality entered the operating rooms.

The research project, ended in December 2020, and was coordinated by the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Pisa, and involves 12 European partners.

But the R&D will continue …


  • A new surgical navigator that uses an innovative visor has been released. The VOSTARS platform is able to provide the surgeon with the vision of the operating theatre, the specific information relating to the patient, and the more general information regarding the organs involved in the operation.
  • All the virtual content is available permanently in the surgeon’s visual field, at his own convenience, differently from the standard navigation approach where only some information is present in the operating room, but on external monitors and therefore requires a double level of attention.
  • VOSTARS is the only Augmented Reality system able to offer submillimetric registration accuracy thanks to the hybrid VST/OST paradigm.
  • VOSTARS is the only wearable Augmented Reality surgical system able to truly guide the surgeon hands.

The European team of VOSTARS, coordinated by Professor Vincenzo Ferrari, reached the ambitious goal of testing the new device in the operating room, within three surgical disciplines:

  • Neurosurgery
  • Maxillofacial surgery
  • Otolaryngology

…and other surgical specialties and applications are coming.

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VOSTARS at a glance with highlighted the Hybrid OST/VTS switching mechanism

VOSTARS at work in the surgical room

More details in this Technical and Clinical webinar

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