Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute are working on the ORBIT, a 3D X-ray scanner that overcomes many of the disadvantages of traditional C-arms. When using a C-arm, procedures need to be paused to make room and move the device in, which will circle around the patient capturing the 3D image. The ORBIT is an open system in which the X-ray source follows a circular path above the operating table.
This makes capturing images much quicker and easier. In addition, the system is much less susceptible to metal artifacts because its X-ray source and the detector do not operate in the same plane.
From the press release:
ORBIT is made up of three modules: There is a maneuverable X-ray source fitted to an articulated bracket. This swivel arm can be attached to the ceiling or mounted on a wheeled stand for mobile applications, but either way the X-ray scans are always carried out from above. There is a digital flat panel detector recessed into the operating table. Finally, there is a monitor – either mobile or wall-mounted – to display the X-ray images.
Construction of an initial prototype is currently underway and comprehensive testing will begin in 2012. The system is set to be ready for market in three to five years’ time. Those who wish to find out more about ORBIT will have their first chance at Medica 2011 in Düsseldorf.
Press release: Speedy 3D X-rays in the operating room…