11/16/2005

Siemens AG Medical Solutions

NaviVision: Siemens and BrainLAB present a world exclusive

NaviVision
It’s a world first: Siemens Medical Solutions (Med) and BrainLAB combine a surgical C-am and an optical 2D/3D navigation unit into a common platform. NaviVision provides more room for the OR team and facilitates the execution of work steps. At the same time, fewer cables add to increased safety during typical OR situations.

NaviVision by Med and BrainLAB is the first integrated navigation platform with automatic recording for surgery supported by an image receptor. Both methods, that is, the mobile C-arm of the Arcadis family and the optical 2D/3D navigation unit have been optimally combined, minimizing the space requirements of two medical systems. This provides the operator with the greatest possible freedom of action at the OR table.

The screen of the navigation unit is attached directly to the workstation of the C-arm. Its adjustable swivel arm can be set in the horizontal or vertical direction. Also, the material of the swivel arm is fully sterilizable. Thus, the monitor can be quickly removed from the workstation and attached directly to the OR table. Once attached, it can be aligned to meet the surgeon’s needs. The surgeon operates the monitor per touchscreen and, for example, toggles back and forth between axial or lateral views. A DICOM interface allows for easy documentation of image data.

Surgical navigation is an essential step in linking intraoperative image data directly with surgical actions and clinical workflows in the OR. It increases precision and reduces both invasiveness and radiation exposure during surgery. Together with the new models of the C-arm family from Siemens, Arcadis Orbic, Arcadis Orbic 3D and Arcadis Varic, NaviVision is expected to be available at the beginning of January 2006.

BrainLAB AG develops and markets computer-supported medical equipment for use in orthopedics, traumatology, neuro surgery, otorhinolaryngology and radiosurgery. In the area of software-driven medical equipment, BrainLab is one of the market leaders with approximately 1470 systems in 60 countries. BrainLABS core competency is software development – the basis for new ideas which BrainLAB implements quickly and efficiently in cooperation with clinical partners to further improve the quality of life for patients. For additional information go to www.brainlab.com

Siemens Medical Solutions is one of the world’s largest suppliers to the healthcare industry.The company is known for bringing together innovative medical technologies, healthcare information systems, management consulting, and support services, to help customers achieve tangible, sustainable, clinical and financial outcomes. From imaging systems for diagnosis, to therapy equipment for treatment, to patient monitors to hearing instruments and beyond, Siemens innovations contribute to the health and well-being of people across the globe, while improving operational efficiencies and optimizing workflow in hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, and doctors' offices. Employing approximately 31,000 people worldwide and operating in more than 120 countries, Siemens Medical Solutions reported sales of 7.07 billion EUR, orders of 8.12 billion EUR and group profit of 1.05 billion EUR for fiscal 2004. Further information can be found under: www.siemens.com/medical