Technology | November 14, 2014

FDA Clears Philips' Digital Mobile C-arm With Navigation Aids

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Nov. 14, 2014 — Philips Healthcare is introducing its latest mobile c-arm imaging system. The Veradius Unity is uses a thin flat digital detector instead of an image intensifier and offers several features to aid procedural guidance and enhance the user interface.

The system is intended for guidance and visualization for diagnostic, interventional and surgical procedures for orthopedic, neuro, abdominal, vascular, thoracic and cardiac procedures.

The system’s user interface uses a touch screen to enable users to change any settings or pre-sets and display the X-ray image.  

Its position tracking shows printed scales on the C-arc as reference for the geometrical position of the C-arc. The system can be equipped with sensors on four C-arc axes to digitally read-out the geometrical position of these axes. The user can also store up to three positions for reference, which will indicate how to get back to these positions.

An outline tool allows use of a marker pen to create free format drawing on live fluoro images. Users can draw vessel outlines and other anatomical references on the imaging monitor and have full editing functions including delete, undo, disable and enable.

The ClearGuide function provides improved communication in the operation room between surgeon and operator by correlating directions (up/down/left/right) in the image with physical markers (3/6/9/12) on the detector.

The system also offers an optional wireless foot switch.

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