New Opportunities in X-Ray Based Surgical Navigation With Ziehm NaviPort 3D

Monday, October 6, 2008 General News
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NUREMBERG and MUNICH, Germany, October 6 Ziehm Imagingand BrainLAB have developed the Ziehm NaviPort 3D interface, representing animportant step forward in x-ray based navigation for spinal and traumasurgery. The two German medical device manufacturers have been workingtogether on the integration of 3D C-arms and surgical navigation foroptimized intra-operative imaging. The new interface brings together themobile 3D C-arms from Ziehm Imaging and the computer-assistedFluoro-3D-navigation from BrainLAB. Thanks to this, surgical operations canbecome more precise and faster. Patients benefit from less invasive treatmentand a reduced exposure dose. This solution is extremely versatile within aclinical environment. Its operative range includes orthopaedic, trauma,spinal and craniomaxillofacial surgery. The NaviPort 3D is immediatelyavailable.

With the introduction of Ziehm NaviPort 3D, Ziehm Imaging has broughtforth a connection to the BrainLAB navigation systems with automaticregistration for image converter-supported surgery. Physicians are able toeffectively combine the innovative C-arm Ziehm Vision Vario 3D (Imageintensifier version) with mobile navigation systems from BrainLAB and therebybenefit from better orientation during surgery.

The combination of the two technologies replaces the need for apost-operative CT scan, and therefore also reduces the exposure dose. Byusing the BrainLAB navigation software, surgeons can create extensiveintra-operative 3D images. The picture quality and resolution of the x-ray isable to change according to varying indications. The surgeons receiveimproved picture information, which allows them to operate in the leastinvasive way possible.

The BrainLAB navigation software permits the automatic recognition of theintra-operatively obtained pictures. Surgeons can use this informationimmediately for the navigation-assisted surgery, without needing additionalmanual steps. With the help of the BrainLAB software, the surgeon can followthe movements of the instruments in relation to the patient's anatomy inreal-time.

"Ziehm Imaging sees huge potential in this clinical cooperation: Throughthe combination of the Navigations platform from BrainLAB and our 3D C-arms,we are offering our customers an advanced solution for more efficiency in theoperating room, a lower x-ray exposure dose and the more precise insertion ofimplants. Surgeons and patients world-wide will benefit from the integrationof our two technologies", says Martin Herzmann, Director Global Marketing atZiehm Imaging.

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About Ziehm Imaging

Ziehm imaging specializes in the development, manufacturing and worldwidemarketing of mobile x-ray-based imaging solutions. The company has beenmarket leader in Germany for more than seven years as well as in many otherEuropean countries for two years. Today, Ziehm Imaging is a global systemsprovider, employing over 250 people worldwide. Extensive in-house developmentknow-how is reflected in the Ziehm Imaging C-arms' high medical imagingperformance, intelligent generator technology, significant dose savings andseamless digital network integration. Building on competence and creativity,as well as continuous dialog and close cooperation with renowneduniversities, research centres and hospitals, Ziehm Imaging has developedgroundbreaking technologies that have made the company a global trendsetterin intelligent interventional imaging. Ziehm Imaging products are known fortheir outstanding versatility and their easy handling for a wide variety ofmedical applications. In addition, they offer seamless integration intoexisting IT environments for digital image data acquisition, image evaluationand image management.Please see for more information. Ziehm Imaging Corporate Communications Martin Herzmann Tel: +49-911-2172-0 Fax: +49-911-2172-390 Fleishman-Hillard Germany GmbH Anja Feuerstacke / Cornelia Hild Tel: +49-89-230-31-60 Fax: +49-89-230-31-631

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