Systematic review of augmented reality in urological interventions: the evidences of an impact on surgical outcomes are yet to come

Riccardo Bertolo*, Andrew Hung, Francesco Porpiglia, Pierluigi Bove, Mary Schleicher, Prokar Dasgupta

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Purpose: To perform a systematic literature review on the clinical impact of augmented reality (AR) for urological interventions. Methods: As of June 21, 2018, systematic literature review was performed via Medline, Embase and Cochrane databases in accordance with the PRISMA guidelines and registered at PROSPERO (CRD42018102194). Only full text articles in English were included, without time restrictions. Articles were considered if they reported on the use of AR during urological intervention and the impact on the surgical outcomes. The risk of bias and the quality of each study included were independently assessed using the standard Cochrane Collaboration risk of bias tool and the Risk Of Bias In Non-randomised Studies—of Interventions Tool (ROBINS-I). Results: 131 articles were identified. 102 remained after duplicate removal and were critically reviewed for evidence synthesis. 20 studies reporting on the outcomes of the use of AR during urological interventions in a clinical setting were considered. Given the mostly non-comparative design of the studies identified, the evidence synthesis was performed in a descriptive and narrative manner. Only one comparative study was found, with the remaining 19 items being single-arm observational studies. Based on the existing evidence, we are unable to state that AR improves the outcomes of urological interventions. The major limitation of AR-assisted surgery is inaccuracy in registration, translating into a poor navigation precision. Conclusions: To date, there is limited evidence showing superior therapeutic benefits of AR-guided surgery when compared with the conventional surgical approach to the respective disease.

Original languageEnglish
JournalWorld Journal of Urology
Early online date2 Mar 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Mar 2019


  • Augmented reality
  • Computer-assisted surgery
  • Image-guided surgery
  • Surgical navigation
  • Urology


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