Stryker has announced the launch of its Q Guidance System for spine applications. The system combines new optical tracking options provided by a redesigned, state-of-the-art camera with sophisticated algorithms of the newly launched Spine Guidance Software to deliver more surgical planning and navigation capability than ever before, say the company.
When used with the Q Guidance System, the Spine Guidance Software is intended as a planning and intraoperative guidance system to enable open or percutaneous computer-assisted surgery and, according to Stryker, is the first spine navigation software to receive US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for use with paediatric patients aged 13 and older.
Robbie Robinson, president of Stryker’s spine division, said: “The Q Guidance System offers cutting-edge tracking options with its fourth generation FP8000 camera, and Spine Guidance Software allows for advanced planning and computer-assisted execution.
“With the addition of the Q Guidance System, customers now have access to a robust solution that includes imaging, guidance, and instruments and is fully integrated and designed to meet complex customer needs. In the years to come, our goal is to use the versatility of this system to help advance our technologies across multiple specialties including cranial, spine, ear, nose and throat, and orthopaedics.”
Stephen George, director of spine surgery at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (Coral Terrace, USA), added: “In my experience, Spine Guidance Software truly simplifies preoperative planning, navigation and execution.
“From what I have seen, the Q Guidance System is a powerful platform that has provided reliability and performance in a solution that is conveniently scalable to a wide array of surgical procedures, ranging from a single level fusion to a multi-level deformity correction.
“When used with the Airo TruCT scanner, Spine Guidance Software is designed to minimise time spent intraoperatively planning, thanks to its auto segmentation capability, while also allowing us the benefit of being able to image the patient in the surgical position. Its intuitive and customisable software enables us to configure the system to fit our preferences.”