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St. Luke's Hospital Acquires Pioneering Technology From BrainLAB

Thursday, December 10, 2009 Hospital News J E 4
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WESTCHESTER, Ill., Dec. 9 BrainLAB, a manufacturer of software-driven systems for targeted, less-invasive medical treatments, announced today that St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has acquired VectorVision® flex, a powerful computer-assisted surgery (CAS) system featuring Digital Lightbox© with TraumaCad(TM), a pre-operative planning and digital templating software solution. St. Luke's is the first in North America to acquire this technologically advanced duo.

VectorVision flex integrates advanced tracking software to enable surgeons to perform highly precise orthopedic procedures and is equipped with Digital Lightbox, an interactive multi-touch viewing platform. Combined with TraumaCad, Digital Lightbox extends the benefits of digital templating to the OR, allowing surgeons at St. Luke's to more precisely predict intra-operative needs and challenges and update surgical plans during the procedure.

"Adding these incredible technologies to our portfolio demonstrates our commitment to offering patients in the communities we serve advanced treatment," said Sandeep Munjal, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon at Physicians Clinic of Iowa. "We are better supported to perform advanced surgeries like hip surface replacement. Performing our desired plan with confidence helps ensure an optimum outcome for our patients."

"We are excited about this deployment," said Zeev Glozman, Voyant Health CEO. "TraumaCad's multi-touch user interface will allow the busy surgeon to quickly adjust the surgical planning on the Digital Lightbox, and we look forward to advancing these capabilities further, based on customer feedback."

VectorVision flex displays 3D representations of the patient's anatomy allowing surgeons to visualize and track instrument positioning relative to intra-operative data for more precise and less-invasive surgery. Digital Lightbox offers data enrichment features that allow physicians to customize surgical plans to better leverage information for more informed decision-making.

With the adoption of digital imaging technologies for x-rays, TraumaCad enables surgeons to digitally plan their surgeries from any location, with seamless access to all necessary x-rays and advanced planning resources. A full suite of software tools for orthopedic procedures, including joint-replacement planning, deformity-correction and trauma surgery planning, supports the potential for greater surgical accuracy.

"This acquisition is in line with St. Luke's history of innovation and commitment to providing patients with quality healthcare. We look forward to the benefit this technology can have on their patients," stated Sean Clark, President, BrainLAB Inc.

About BrainLAB

BrainLAB develops, manufactures and markets software-driven medical technology that enables procedures that are more precise, less invasive, and also less expensive than traditional treatments. Among the core products are image-guided systems that provide highly accurate real-time information used for navigation during surgical procedures. This utility has been further expanded to serve as a computer terminal for physicians to more effectively access and interpret diagnostic scans and other digital medical information for better informed decisions. BrainLAB solutions allow expansion from a single system to operating suites to digitally integrated hospitals covering all subspecialties from neurosurgery, orthopedics, ENT, CMF to spine & trauma and oncology. With 4600 systems installed in over 80 countries, BrainLAB is a market leader in image-guided technology. The privately held BrainLAB group, founded in 1989, is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and today employs 950 people in 16 offices across Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America. For more information, visit www.brainlab.com.

About Voyant Health

Voyant Health(TM) is the new name of Orthocrat--the creator of TraumaCad(TM). Voyant Health has one mission: dramatically improve the orthopedic surgeon's work life to support high-quality care and allow more time with patients. We help surgeons do this every day by delivering integrated workflow solutions for the clinic, the hospital, the operating room, and beyond. TraumaCad(TM), our surgical planning product, allows surgeons to replicate every action currently performed by tracing on x-ray films, only more conveniently and much faster. TraumaCad is installed at over 1,000 locations in ten countries, including hospitals, clinics and academic institutions. OrthoWeb(TM) is a highly-secure web-based environment allowing surgeons to upload and access templated images and surgery specifications over the internet--extending their planning beyond the clinic, even into the operating room. VoyantFlow(TM) provides effortless distribution of patient images to exam rooms. Walk into the exam room, swipe a card, and instantly view the patient's images. Voyant Health has offices in Columbia, Maryland and Tel Aviv, Israel. For more information, visit www.voyanthealth.com.

SOURCE BrainLAB
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