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Ziehm Imaging and BrainLAB agree 3D CAS partnership

Xograph Healthcare : 31 October, 2007  (New Product)
Ziehm Imaging and BrainLAB have signed a development and marketing agreement for the integration of mobile 3D fluoroscopic C-arms and CAS (Computer Assisted Surgery) technology.
Ziehm Imaging equipment is exclusively distributed by Xograph Healthcare in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In 2002, Ziehm Imaging and BrainLAB jointly pioneered the development of DICOM-based CAS on 2D fluoroscopic images. Now, both companies will establish full compatibility of the Ziehm Vision Vario, Ziehm Vision Vario 3D, Ziehm Vision FD Vario and Ziehm Vision FD Vario 3D mobile C-arms with all mobile BrainLAB platforms for 3D intra-operative imaging.

The combination of technologies will give surgeons better orientation in the OR and enable minimally invasive surgery with less radiation and higher accuracy. The Ziehm Vision Vario / Vario 3D range of mobile C-Arms and BrainLAB CAS platforms are designed to assist with a broad variety of surgical procedures, including spine, trauma, craniomaxillofacial, and neurosurgy.

The Ziehm Vision Vario 3D and Ziehm Vision FD Vario 3D allows surgeons to create a volumetric 3D dataset and display CT-like slices’ in axial, coronal and sagittal planes as well as a reconstructed 3D volume image. The FD’ models of Ziehm mobile C-Arms incorporate the latest flat panel dynamic detector in place of a traditional image intensifier. The Flat panel detector is lightweight, compact and provide completely distortion-free images with a very high dynamic range.

BrainLAB technology makes it possible to automatically register intra-operatively acquired 3D datasets. This means surgeons can upload datasets into the CAS system without the need for additional manual steps. During surgery, the position of the patient and the surgical instruments are tracked and displayed in real time through BrainLAB software.

“We are pleased to announce a partnership with BrainLAB, a worldwide established IGS vendor. Our installation base in Europe and all over the world will benefit from the combination of outstanding technology in imaging and CAS,” said Martin Herzmann, director of Global Marketing at Ziehm Imaging.

Dr Claus Schaffrath, director of marketing, Orthopaedic Solutions at BrainLAB commented, “We see the market for 3D intra-operative imaging gaining significant momentum. Customer demand clearly indicates the value of an ergonomic combination of intra-operative imaging and navigation, which leads to reduced radiation, increased precision and ultimately improved outcomes. By cooperating with Ziehm Imaging we are strengthening our position in this market.”

“The partnership of Ziehm Imaging and BrainLAB combines the advanced technologies of two pioneering companies in the development of intraoperative medical devices”, said Neil Staff, technical director at Xograph Healthcare. “Continual innovation and technical partnerships are essential to ensure that technology keeps pace with surgical demands. Xograph looks forward to supplying the UK marketplace with this hugely beneficial advancement.”
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