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Surgical Navigation System Facilitates Neurosurgery Procedures

By MedImaging International staff writers
Posted on 11 May 2017
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Image: The StealthStation S8 navigation system facilitates brain surgery (Photo courtesy of Medtronic).
Image: The StealthStation S8 navigation system facilitates brain surgery (Photo courtesy of Medtronic).
An advanced navigation solution offers neurosurgeons enhanced workflows and more comprehensive data integration.

The StealthStation S8 surgical navigation system, the latest iteration of the Medtronic StealthStation image guidance platform, combines hardware, software, tracking algorithms, various image data, and specialized surgical instruments to help neurosurgeons plan their procedures. Intuitive software workflows provide new tools for advanced visualization that allow the surgeon to also use the data intraoperatively, with interfaces to iMRI, iCT, C-arms, and the Medtronic O-arm surgical imaging system that helps orient surgeons to the patient’s anatomy.

Improvements in patient registration allow the surgeon even more flexibility in data integration, such as touch and trace techniques within the same registration process, while providing quantitative feedback. The combined patient data and segment structures are translated into three-dimensional (3D) images displayed on two high-definition 27” touch screen monitors. An intuitive user interface support multi-touch gestures like pinch-and-zoom and drag-and-drop, allowing user to create, store, and simulate progression along one or more surgical trajectories.

StealthStation offers both optical and electromagnetic surgical instrument tracking, integration with external devices such as microscopes and ultrasound, a broad array of instrument offerings, and core software applications for cranial neurosurgery procedures, including biopsy, resection, and deep brain stimulation lead placement. Both single and dual cart configurations are available for greater flexibility, and wireless connectivity to hospital and medical devices allows the import and export of exams from anywhere within the hospital network.

“The StealthStation S8 demonstrates Medtronic's continued commitment to innovation, helping surgeons make critical decisions and enhancing the OR environment for all surgical staff,” said Brett Wall, senior vice president and president of Medtronic's Brain Therapies division. “We look forward to seeing how this next generation of the Stealth system will contribute to the continued transformation of how neurosurgeons treat brain and spine disorders around the world.”

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