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“Good enough” is never enough in today’s modern healthcare landscape.
Nothing illustrates that concept better than
the latest efforts from a team of researchers at
Johns Hopkins University. The group published information highlighting its work to
improve surgical navigation through the development of a unique computer algorithm meant
to improve patient safety by making high-pre-cision, minimally-invasive surgical procedures
more accurate and efficient.
Utilizing a mobile C-arm, the new computerized process automatically matches two-dimensional X-ray images
to those from a three-dimensional preoperative CT scan and ensures
the match remains accurate throughout the surgical procedure. The
algorithm serves to eliminate the process by which someone in the OR
manually matches points on the patient’s body to spots on the CT scan,
as such efforts often take considerable time and can lead to mistakes.
Removing the extra step (not to mention the human element) from the
surgical navigation process should substantially improve results and
The next step for researchers is to prepare the image-based guidance
system for future clinical testing. Optimism for its value is great, as preliminary tests indicate the algorithm may be better than traditional tracking systems currently used in ORs.
According to a recent article from Johns Hopkins about the breakthrough, researchers developed the process by taking an algorithm
that was previously designed to help surgeons locate certain vertebrae
during spine surgery and tweaking it to achieve improvements in surgical navigation.
When they tested the revamped algorithm, researchers found they
achieved “better than 3 millimeters of accuracy, and with two frames
acquired with a small angular separation, (they) could provide surgical
navigation more accurately than a conventional tracker.”
The discoveries made by the Johns Hopkins researchers are extremely
exciting, and their efforts to address a potential area of improvement
related to minimally-invasive surgery should be applauded. "Good
enough" wasn't enough for them, so they went about actively trying to
improve surgical navigation.
As the demand for more procedures to become more minimally-invasive with time, it’s heartening to see the ways in which healthcare
professionals are working to improve outcomes, eliminate potential
mistakes, and streamline processes in the OR. My hope is that the best
is yet to come.
What's your take?
The Symmetry Sharp Kerrison
Symmetry Medical Inc. announced that its
subsidiary, Symmetry Surgical, is launching
the Symmetry Sharp Kerrison. According
to the company, the product is a first-of-its-kind, patented surgical instrument
designed with discerning surgeons
and healthcare professionals in mind,
providing a sharp tip every time. The
single use Symmetry Sharp Kerrison
tips feature a thin footplate and
boasts twelve possible configurations with three reusable handle sizes and
four single-use, two-inch tip sizes, which enable healthcare professionals
to customize their optimal Symmetry Sharp Kerrison for each case. The
Symmetry Sharp Kerrison is the latest innovation in Symmetry Surgical’s
comprehensive Kerrison portfolio, which also features RapidClean, convertible, and take-apart designs.
CompView Medical announces the
NuBOOM S. The NuBOOM S provides HD images to surgeons during
minimally invasive surgery, while
providing an equipment organizational system that removes
trip hazards and clutter to
is the third in
the family of
meet the budgetary
needs and technical requirements of
ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and
office based surgery centers (OBLs).
Now the cost saving approach of a floor
anchored boom system can be realized
in the growing entrepreneurial surgery
market. The NuBOOM S has a suggested
MSRP of $55K USD. With installation
possible in just a day, it helps customers avoid
costly OR downtime due to construction. Since NuBOOM is anchored to
the floor, instead of being suspended from the OR ceiling, expensive remodeling to reinforce the ceiling is avoided. Additionally, it is easily removed from
a leasehold should the surgery center relocate.
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