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Next generation O-arm – Surgical Imaging System

The O-arm Surgical Imaging System, has successfully established as the #1 multi-dimensional intraoperative imaging devise in spine ­surgery. Surgeons all over the world consider the O-arm their system of choice, convinced by image quality, ease of handling and ­reliability. Recently the next generation of O-arm was introduced to the market. Continuous development and innovation will allow the users to expand their clinical indications for use beyond spine application.

Photo: Next generation O-arm – Surgical Imaging System
Photo: Next generation O-arm – Surgical Imaging System

Features of the new generation O-arm system include:

  • Multiple Field of View (MFOV) quadrupling the image volume compared to the first generation, useful in procedures with stereo­tactic frames and pelvic trauma
  • Field of View Preview, aiding in the ability to navigate the gantry to patient iso-center with reduced dose
  • New Low Dose Mode, decreasing dose by approximately 50% compared to standard mode, providing the clinician an additional alternative to choose from in order to achieve ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable)
  • Stereotaxy Mode, which is a dose move used with MFOV to highlight the localizer rods for cranial stereotactic frame-based procedures

The O-arm Surgical Imaging System is a surgical imaging platform designed for use in spine, cranial, orthopedic, ENT and trauma-­related surgeries. It provides real-time, intra-operative imaging of a patient’s anatomy with high quality images and a large field-of-view in both two and three dimensions.

Image quality, patient safety, sterility and ease of use in the OR are essential design criteria for the O-arm system. It has been designed to optimally support the surgical workflow. Its unique patented breakable gantry provides vital lateral patient access, essential for optimal patient positioning and allowing flexibility in the choice of tables used. It also allows to fully prepare the patient before the ­system is brought into the OR and to create a sterile environ­ment, once closed around the patient. The O-arm is fully mobile and can easily been brought from OR to OR for use in concurrent cases and imaging on demand at any time during a procedure.

Through robotic positioning the O-arm System remembers your best views. Programmable memory stores the exact position of the gantry and detector as well as any X-ray technique, in up to four imaging positions. The user can recall the exact image position at the touch of a button any time during surgery, eliminating time-consuming repositioning and additional X-ray exposure for scouting and minimizing manipulations during surgery.

When not needed for imaging, the gantry moves to the user-­defined park position within seconds, allowing surgeon’s patient access while maintaining the integrity of the sterile field as the O-arm can remain in the surgical field.

This makes the O-arm an integral tool for the surgical team striving for the best patient outcomes. The O-arm System has brought intraoperative imaging to a new level, with superior image quality and large field-of-view in both 2D & 3D image sets, providing surgeons with the information they need most, precisely when they need it.

Navigate more efficiently than ever before

The O-arm System seamlessly integrates with Stealth Station® ­navigation to reduce X-ray exposure – increasing safety for both OR staff and patients. Surgical Navigation provides the surgeon with information about the patient’s anatomy while reducing the X-ray exposure to patient, surgeon and staff. The advanced ­navigation user Interface is streamlined to fit the workflow in the OR and to support the surgeon’s work. For spinal surgery, a wide range of dedicated navigated instruments and referencing frame options allow to optimize the use of navigation in each part of the spine.

Automatic data transfer of the patient’s 3D data set and automatic anatomical registration on the Stealth Station Navigation System is eliminating the need for lengthy patient registration, allowing the surgeon to navigate within seconds after image acquisition, thereby increasing procedural efficiency.

With the combination of O-arm and navigation surgeons are able to improve visualization to complete MIS and complex ­procedures and confirm the accuracy of advanced surgical procedures before the patient leaves the OR. ­Additional 3D Datasets may be acquired whenever needed during surgery, making navigation easy to use, more effective and more reliable than ever before.

Trust through quality and ­reliability

Since its market launch in 2006, the O-arm has revolutionized intra-operative imaging. Within the last 10 years, the O-arm has become the gold standard in the area of intra-operative 2D / 3D spine imaging. Users from all over the world trust the high product quality, unequalled relia­bility and versatility of the O-arm.

Through continuous advancement of the hardware and software, the reliability is at the level of a fix installed diagnostic CT. As a reliable service partner, Medtronic ensures the best possible performance and availability of the O-arm throughout its entire service life.

The experience gained over the years is passed on to new users by supervisors in training centers and by on-site Medtronic staff. The annual users’ meetings and international special events offer the perfect platforms for sharing and exchanging experiences. The Medtronic experts are also happy to assist you as needed during clinical application in the operating theatre.

THE O-arm in mumbers:

  • 900+ O-arm global installations
  • 175+ O-arm installations in Europe
  • 300,000+ Patients benefited from O-arm use
  • 2000+ Surgeon user worldwide

Trust through continuuous advancement

Every day, physicians in neurosurgery, orthopedics, trauma surgery and also in ENT, benefit from the advantages of the system during countless interventions. Over 170 recognized clinical studies document the benefits of the system, both, during bone surgery as well as during cranial interventions.

Transforming surgical practice

The commitment of Medtronic to the hospital goes beyond equipment. With Medtronic Surgical Synergy we offer you a unique integration of innovative surgical technologies with treatments, implants and therapeutic devices to drive procedural excellence and optimal patient care. Only Medtronic offers the depth and breadth of experience and technologies that can respond to your needs, no matter the case.

Surgical Synergy offers hospitals complete solutions for the entire surgery from preoperative planning to the patient closure. We leverage synergies that will help transform the surgical experience, drive better patient outcomes and enhance economic value.

For a listing of indications, contraindications, precautions, warnings, and potential adverse events, please refer to the instructions for use.


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