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The Scopis® Hybrid Navigation System Makes ENT Surgery More Effective

Scopis® Hybrid Navigation


• Optical and electromagnetic navigation combined in one system
• Indication-related usage of suitable tracking technology
• Real-time interaction through Augmented Reality

Scopis GmbH (, developer and manufacturer of endoscopic navigation systems, introduces its new hybrid solution, at the MEDICA 2013 in Duesseldorf, Germany (20.Nov. - 23.Nov.). It is the first interdisciplinary navigation platform that combines optical and electromagnetic tracking technology in one unit.

So far, ENT surgeons have been forced to choose between two types of navigation. Optical navigation systems are highly precise and do no require cables attached to the surgical instruments. They are useful in surgical procedures that demand very high precision and require major access paths, such as operations on the lateral skull base. When using universal adapter systems, optical systems are compatible with conventional active and passive surgical instruments, but also require a free line of sight towards the area being operated.

In cases with a restricted line of sight, electromagnetic (EM) navigation systems offer a simplified handling. EM systems work with electromagnetic fields and specific wired pointers. Sensors are directly integrated in the instrument tip. This allows surgeons to bend the instruments during surgery and adjust them to the specific situation. EM navigation is less accurate than optical navigation, is more susceptible to metallic interferences but provides higher usage comfort. Metallic objects or active instruments in the working area can lead to measuring disturbances.
Scopis® Hybrid Surgical Navigation System makes it possible for surgeons to decide based on indication: Which technology matches the requirements of the specific operation and supports it in an optimal way? Both technologies can also be used together during the same procedure.

All Scopis Navigation Systems provide Scopis Augmented Reality. This continuous endoscopic navigation visualizes planning data directly on top of the endoscopic video. In addition, a special landing and alarm system (ILS) ensures secure and fast navigation towards anatomic targets – both in pre- and intra-operative usage. Deviations from the target trajectory and any approach to critical anatomical structures trigger an acoustic and visual signal.