The new device represents the second generation of the mobile C-arm system with intraoperative three dimensional (3D) imaging capabilities.
The new, mobile C-arm system with intraoperative three dimensional (3D) imaging capabilities of Siemens Medical Solutions generates 3D images directly in the operating room (OR). With the enhanced image quality of Arcadis Orbic 3D surgical 3D navigation is realizable more efficient, making interventions faster and more precise. The worldwide first system was recently installed at the hospital Berufsgenossenschaftliche Unfallklinik (BGU) in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
Arcadis Orbic 3D provides higher power and faster scan times beside enhanced image quality: 3D image data acquisition with 50 or 100 images is now recorded in a 1,024x1,024 (1K2) resolution as well as calculated in only 30 or 60 seconds. The acquisition can be repeated as often as necessary to include any anatomical changes that may occur in the OR field during surgery. The new mobile C-arm is suited for intraoperative 3D imaging of bones and joints of the upper and lower extremities; cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine; pelvis and hip areas.
In addition the Arcadis Orbic 3D features an isocentric design and 190 degree orbital movement. Further, both the patient and clinician can benefit from time and radiation dose savings through the isocentric design. Arcadis Orbic 3D can be equipped with NaviLink 3D, an interface for direct 3D navigation. This interface combines the imaging capabilities of Arcadis Orbic 3D with high-precision surgical navigation, eliminating the need for manual alignment of the anatomy to the 3D images. The result is increased accuracy of surgical navigation and optimized clinical workflow. The 3D image data record compares the real patient anatomy through a matchingfree registration automatically. The new C-arm incorporates a digital imaging chain from image acquisition to image processing and documentation. All image information is saved and administrated with a resolution of 1,024x1,024 pixel. With its electromagnetic brakes and ergonomic handles, the system is extremely easy to use.
"Higher safety and precision during an intervention ensures the quality of surgical work. It helps not only the patient, who will be spared from pain and further interventions, but also reduces overall costs,” said Dr. Paul Gruetzner, senior physician in the hospital of emergency and regeneration surgery at BGU, as he points out the advantages of the new system.
"We see a continuously increasing demand for intraoperative 3D imaging in the OR,” said Holger Schmidt, head of Special Systems Division, Siemens Medical Solutions. "Arcadis Orbic 3D is a strong addition to our 3D imaging platform with significant refinements in terms of power, image quality and speed which further improve the clinical workflow for complex surgery in the OR.”
Arcadis Orbic 3D is equipped with syngo user interface by Siemens, an intuitive software platform for all imaging modalities and systems. It harmonizes the operating processes of largely different systems for example magnetic resonance tomography or x-ray.
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