August 23, 2017 — Kubtec announced that it has developed a unique solution to a potential problem faced by operating room (OR) staff when treating patients for breast cancer. Automatic Specimen Alert (ASA), now available on the Mozart System, Kubtec’s intraoperative 3-D tomosynthesis system, eliminates the possibility that OR professionals may forget to remove the excised specimen from the system once imaging is complete.
With checklists in place in most ORs, this happens infrequently; but when it does, it can have serious downstream consequences, as the specimen must be fixed in formalin within 60 minutes from the time of excision in order to be considered viable by pathology. Older systems currently in use have a small window through which the technician can see into the specimen chamber. For this to be beneficial, it requires the operator to be close to the instrument and to remember to look inside despite handling many other responsibilities simultaneously.
After 10 minutes of inactivity, the Mozart System’s ASA feature flashes a very clear indication on the system monitor screen if a tissue sample remains inside the cabinet. This allows technicians to see from across the OR that an action is needed.
Automatic Specimen Alert will be available on all Kubtec Cabinet X-ray systems ordered after September 2017.
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