Have you seen the O-arm™ Imaging System before? We haven’t. Until today, that is. We learned about it this morning when a company’s rep left O-arm™ brochures (and no food) in our physicians’ lounge. The device by Breakaway Imaging, LLC, of Littleton, MA, was FDA-cleared last year and is now distributed by Medtronic.
So here’s the scoop about the device that has a robotics-assisted positioning system:
The O-arm Imaging System provides complete multi-dimensional surgical imaging. It is the only approved platform that provides surgeons with real-time, 3-D images, as well as multi-plane, 2-D and fluoroscopic imaging. Initially intended for use in orthopedic surgical procedures, the O-arm Imaging System is designed to expand to additional surgical applications such as image-guided surgery. The O-arm Imaging System received FDA clearance earlier this year. [2005 -ed.]
“Computer-assisted surgical (CAS) navigation is a cornerstone for growth for many minimally invasive procedures and future biologic delivery,” said Pete Wehrly, vice president and president of Medtronic Spinal and Navigation. “Adding the O-arm to the Medtronic offering allows us to provide a complete, seamless solution for surgeons who rely on our technology to provide integrated imaging and CAS navigation. This collaboration represents a significant opportunity to bring innovative technologies that not only enable new procedures, but also enhance operating room efficiencies and possibly improve patient outcomes.”
The O-arm system, with patented breakable gantry and flat screen detector that enable it to collect 2-D or 3-D volumetric imaging within seconds, is designed specifically for use by surgeons in standard operating rooms while yielding high-quality imaging comparable to fixed CT systems. Electromechanical features enable repeatable positioning of the gantry between imaging shots and an unobtrusive location to permit unrestricted patient access.
Only the O-arm™ Offers Complete Multidimensional Surgical Imaging
Fast 3D reconstruction displays axial,coronal, sagittal views in seconds Patented telescoping gantry section enables lateral patient access Enclosed gantry system maintains sterile field and safety Iso-Wag™ iso-centric positioning eliminates need to reposition gantry for off-axis imaging High-precision robotics for real-time and preset positioning, as well as self-propulsion 2K x 1.5K digital flat panel detector enables higher dynamic range and higher spatial resolution for greater accuracy Desired “park” and imaging positions can be preset, resulting in lower dose and faster imaging Multi-plane imaging eliminates manual repositioning and need for a second system