Partner description

SurgAR (Surgical Augmented Reality) is a deeptech Start-up and a spin-off of the Endoscopy and Computer Vision group (EnCoV) of Institut Pascal (France). EnCoV has been the first research team which ever tested augmented reality in gynecology in the operating room. They published the first use of augmented reality in gynecology (for myomas and adenomyosis) and for hepatectomy. 

Co-founded in 2019 by Pr Nicolas Bourdel (MD, PhD, Professor, surgeon) and Pr Adrien Bartoli (PhD, Professor, specialist in artificial intelligence), SurgAR is developing an Augmented Reality solution to assist laparoscopic surgery based on EnCoV’s research. Its disruptive technology has been developed for more than 10 years with expert surgeons and is relying on computer vision and machine learning. 

The software guides surgeon’s actions by enabling to see the position of the pathological lesions through the organs. SurgAR’s first product is dedicated to gynaecology (U-SurgAR). As part of its R&D program, SurgAR is involved in the FEMaLe project to develop a software solution for real time augmented reality and classification of endometriosis. These WPs are developed in partnership with Aarhus University, Hospital, Semmelweis University and Rigas Tehniska Universitate. Using such technology in the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis would enable to improve the surgery quality while reducing care management cost.

Relevant FEMaLers and their relevant output

Prof. Nicolas Bourdel


Prof. Nicolas Bourdel (m), founder of SurgAR, CEO, Professor in gynaecological surgery, professor of medicine, collaborator of Professor CANIS in gynaecology at the CHU of Clermont-Ferrand since 2007, was appointed PU-PH in 2018. He received his PhD in computer-assisted surgery from the University of Clermont-Ferrand.

As a surgeon, he is specialized in laparoscopic procedures (oncology and deep endometriosis). Professor Bourdel has published numerous articles (more than 130 articles referenced in Medline) and made numerous presentations and conferences on minimally invasive surgery, peritoneal environment, quality of life and computer-assisted surgery. He will now devote half of his working time to SurgAR.


Relevant publications:

Bourdel, N., Chauvet, P., Calvet, L., Magnin, B., Bartoli, A., & Canis, M. (2019). Use of augmented reality in Gynecologic surgery to visualize Adenomyomas. Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, 26(6), 1177-1180.

Bourdel, N., Collins, T., Pizarro, D., Debize, C., Grémeau, A., Bartoli, A., & Canis, M. (2017). Use of augmented reality in laparoscopic gynecology to visualize myomas. Fertility and Sterility, 107(3), 737-739.

Bourdel, N., Collins, T., Pizarro, D., Bartoli, A., Da Ines, D., Perreira, B., & Canis, M. (2016). Augmented reality in gynecologic surgery: Evaluation of potential benefits for myomectomy in an experimental uterine model. Surgical Endoscopy, 31(1), 456-461.

François, T., Calvet, L., Madad Zadeh, S., Saboul, D., Gasparini, S., Samarakoon, P., Bourdel,  N., & Bartoli A. (2020). Detecting the Occluding Contours of the Uterus to Automatise Augmented Laparoscopy: Score, Loss, Dataset, Evaluation and User-Study. International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, special issue 2020. First big database with laparoscopic annotated image.