Brainlab has launched the Curve, a command and control center for image-guided surgery. The device uses dual tracking cameras and two 27-inch touch screen “beyond HD” (1900×1200 pixels) displays to navigate and track surgical instruments and overlay their position on previously acquired CT or MRI data. In addition it features the latest Brainlab image guidance software with advanced 3D capabilities and proprietary image enrichment, which promises to bring ultra-fast image updating when tracking instruments during surgery.
However, perhaps the best reason to buy this device is that it doubles as an iPod dock, probably making it one of the most expensive that you will be able to find.
Additional new features, from the press release:
• Dual-option, beyond HD provide more space to display and efficiently organize information.
• Cameras with motorized adjustment, telescopic stand, laser pointer for unbelievable setup flexibility.
• Extended camera tracking volume multiplies setup options without compromising patient registration.
• Digital, hi-fidelity music dock for an unexpected listening experience.
• Human-factor design hub connects Curve to the outside world and rapidly integrates third party surgical devices.
• Eight multi-directional power wheels that push cables away helps rapidly maneuver Curve in and out of the OR.
Centralized ‘Home’ and ‘Start’ screens with drag-and-drop functionality, makes launching software applications and displaying contents streamlined and easy.
Curve also brings surgeons closer to colleagues, both near and far. Mobile, wireless networking lets users stream and record then push to linked workstations. Colleagues can watch, in digital HD, the live navigation stream and streaming video from integrated sources like scopes and intra-operative imaging platforms through the hospital’s ‘Brainlab OR web portal.’
Multiple data ports in the easy to access hub allow surgeons to seamlessly connect to intra-operative imaging and surgical scopes, session-share by connecting with a Digital LightBox, stream to a remote workstation, transfer patient data via PACS, and upload and share in the cloud with Quentry.
The Curve will be available first in the EU and Switzerland, FDA and Canadian clearances are pending.
Product page: Brainlab Curve…