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Traxtal Introduces PercuNav 2.0 Image Guidance Software at RSNA 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008 General News J E 4
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TORONTO, Nov. 13 Traxtal Inc, the pioneer and world leaderin image guided soft tissue navigation, will showcase its PercuNav(TM) 2.0software for the PercuNav system at the Radiological Society of NorthAmerica's 94th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting. Traxtal's PercuNavsystem is the only computer assisted, image-guided diagnostic andinterventional system cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for allimaging modalities, and is the only such system that features a broad range offlexible and rigid "tip-tracked" instruments. It is also the only commerciallyavailable soft tissue navigation system with tracked instrumentation thatprovides the option of navigation with multimodal image fusion with any singlemodality, such as CT or ultrasound imaging.

Neil Glossop, PhD, Traxtal President, said, "CT and MR images providephysicians with terrific tools for identifying areas of interest but are oftenimpractical for navigation purposes. Ultrasound is a great live imagingmodality but images can be difficult to interpret. We set out to combine allavailable imaging data with real time tracking of the tips of flexibleinstruments on one screen to allow the physician to accurately target andnavigate directly to areas of interest with confidence. We are delighted withthe extremely positive physician response to the PercuNav."

The PercuNav system consists of the Traxtal Tx(TM) mobile system cart,PercuNav software, and a wide range of instruments including flexible needles,biopsy devices and RFA introducers. Using minute electro-magnetic sensorsembedded in the tips of these instruments, the software superimposes theprecise, real-time location and orientation of the instruments on pre-operative and live images of the patient. The system also incorporatesadvanced techniques for compensating for patient motion and respiration. Itacts like a GPS system for medical instruments, and is the only such productavailable that allows accurate tracking of flexible instrument tips inside apatient's anatomy.

The PercuNav system also delivers powerful solutions for diagnosticimaging. Physicians can identify and mark areas of interest on CT or MR scanswhich can then be overlaid with live ultrasound for diagnostic scanning. Thisallows areas of interest to be quickly located and compared under both imagingmodalities, while compensating for patient motion and respiration. It providesinterventional radiologists and sonographers with the broadest image fusioncapabilities available for soft tissue navigation.

This system's capabilities are strengthened with the new, PercuNav 2.0software.

"Developed with feedback from our clinical community, PercuNav 2.0 wasdesigned to enhance the PercuNav system's ease-of-use, clinical utility, andconnectivity with popular imaging technologies," said Dr. Glossop. "We believethat our technology can improve the accuracy of interventional procedures withless time spent in CT, enabling the reduction of CT-suite costs whiledelivering excellent patient care."

Traxtal is committed to providing seamless compatibility with all majorvendors' imaging systems

Traxtal will begin to ship PercuNav systems with the 2.0 software in thefirst quarter of 2009.

Traxtal is in Booth 9539 in the North Building, Hall B of McCormick Placein Chicago for RSNA's annual meeting, which will be held from November 30 toDecember 5, 2008.

For more information, please visit the company's website athttp://www.traxtal.com.

About Traxtal Inc

Traxtal, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, is the world leader and provenpioneer in the innovation, development and manufacture of computer assistedsoft tissue navigation technologies. Introduced in 2007, its PercuNav systemis the only image-guided diagnostic and interventional system cleared by theU.S. Food and Drug Administration for all imaging modalities, and the onlysuch system that features a broad range of flexible and rigid instruments.Traxtal was founded in 1996 to focus exclusively on the advanced design ofinstrumentation for image guided interventions, and has extensive experiencein image guided intervention as an OEM supplier of custom designed tools since1997.* PercuNav 2.0 provides for greater ease-of-use with a more streamlined, intuitive user interface. * PercuNav 2.0 increases the system's data import options to include PET/CT and 3D volumes created from rotational fluoroscopy acquisitions. * PercuNav 2.0 adds a Digital Navigation Link to Philips' iU22 intelligent ultrasound system, resulting in higher quality imaging and improved workflow. * It also allows clinicians to download segmented CT volumes and target plans from Philips' Extended Brilliance Workspace to the PercuNav system for use in the planning and delivery of therapy. * And it adds several new instruments to the extensive range of tracked instrumentation already supported by the system.

SOURCE Traxtal Inc
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