Imris has announced that its intraoperative CT system, VISIUS iCT, has been used for the first time in a spinal surgery case at Duke University Medical Center (Durham, USA). The system provides on-demand access, state-of-the-art image quality during spinal procedures, and moves in and out of the operating suite on ceiling rails.
According to a company press release, the 64-slice VISIUS iCT scanner provides diagnostic quality imaging at lower radiation doses. The press release reports that with the system, patient transport and the need for floor-mounted rails used by other systems are eliminated—allowing unimpeded movement of surgical equipment, maintaining familiar surgical protocols, workflow and infection control procedures. The scanner can travel into two adjacent operating rooms enabling use for more patients.
“We look forward to working with this technology,” said William J Richardson, associate chief medical officer and orthopaedic surgeon at Duke University Medical Center. “We have successfully completed complex spinal procedures and we have been pleased with the image quality; minimising the radiation dose while providing state-of-the-art image quality is critical. In addition, the system integrates with our preferred navigation system which preserves our desired workflow.”