NuVasive and Siemens Healthcare to partner on new spine imaging and navigation technology

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NuVasive and Siemens Healthineers have announced a strategic partnership, which is to focus on “technology development, marketing and commercial activities to advance clinical outcomes in minimally invasive spine surgery”, according to the two companies.

NuVasive is a spine health technology company, with a focus on products for minimally invasive surgery. NuVasive currently has a 2,400-person workforce, and serves surgeons and hospitals in more than 40 countries. Siemens Healthineers offers surgeons a broad portfolio of imaging systems including 3D imaging for complex spine cases.

In their Spine Precision Partnership, the companies will join forces in advancing their proprietary technologies with the objective of creating solutions which improve operating room workflow efficiency and provide increased precision in the delivery of minimally disruptive spine surgery technologies, a press release states. The first step in the Spine Precision Partnership will be to integrate NuVasive’s Pulse surgical automation platform with Siemens Healthineers’ Cios Spin cutting-edge mobile 3D imaging for intra-operative quality assurance.

“Currently, a number of hospitals and healthcare systems treat patients undergoing spine surgery through often cost-intensive, intra-operative CT scans with a general navigation system with limited utilisation in spine surgery cases. The combination of NuVasive’s Pulse system and the Siemens Healthineers’ next-generation advanced imaging technology provides a compelling offering for hospitals and surgeons who require a scalable, cost efficient technology that maximises operating room workflow efficiency and significantly improves visualisation for spine surgery,” says Gregory T Lucier, chairman and chief executive officer of NuVasive. “We firmly believe that this combined offering will enable advanced clinical benefits driving superior patient outcomes, delivered through greatly improved visualisation of the anatomy promoting successful anatomical access and spinal implant placement.”

“We at Siemens Healthineers are excited to work with NuVasive to develop intra-operative 3D-imaging and navigation tools for our advanced imaging systems that empower spine surgeons and neurosurgeons to be more precise, faster and cost efficient in the operating room. Increased workflow efficiency, better image quality, as well as predictable and reproducible results, will transform care delivery and set a new standard in spine surgery,” comments Peter Seitz, head of Surgery at Siemens Healthineers.

NuVasive and Siemens Healthineers will feature the Spine Precision Partnership at the North American Spine Society 2018 Annual Meeting held September 26–29, 2018 in Los Angeles, USA. The Cios Spin is not commercially available in the USA yet, and its FDA 510(k) clearance is pending.

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