DePuy Synthes Companies Launches Portable Spine Imaging System to Help Expand Access to Advanced Visualization and Improve Patient Outcomes

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Source: PR Newswire

Image-guided surgery systems that provide real-time guidance for minimally invasive spine surgery can help improve patient outcomes, but these systems are costly for many hospitals. Surgeons may rely on checking implant placement with multiple static X-ray images that do not provide the real-time guidance of navigation. A new visualization option from DePuy Synthes Spine*, the KICK® System with FluoroExpress Software Module, being showcased here at the North American Society Spine Meeting (NASS), aims to improve access to affordable advanced imaging technology so that surgeons can confirm proper placement of spinal implants while saving time in the operating room.

Research has shown that only 11 percent of spine surgeons in North America and Europe use advanced imaging technologies, even though image-guided spine surgery helps achieve accurate screw insertion and reduces the likelihood of revision surgery to adjust screw placement.[1],[2]  DePuy Synthes Spine, Part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, has partnered with navigation leader Brainlab to expand access to advanced visualization through the KICK System. This image-guided surgery technology enables real-time intraoperative viewing of instrumentation and implants relative to patient anatomy to permit proper pedicle screw placement. Using a small, portable infrared camera with a computer and monitor, the system moves easily between operating rooms and works together with existing X-ray equipment to support surgical workflow. The monitor displays up to four different X-ray images at one time to make X-ray equipment repositioning to capture different views unnecessary—ultimately reducing radiation exposure and surgery time[3].

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