News | May 04, 2009

Philips Acquires Image-Guided Intervention Solutions Developer

May 4, 2009 - Philips has acquired Canada-based Traxtal Inc., a developer of minimally-invasive instruments and software for image-guided intervention and therapy, to position Philips to become a leading provider for image-guided procedures.

Traxtal’s navigation solution functions as a GPS for medical instruments, designed to make interventional radiology procedures more accurate while aiming to reduce contrast, radiation dose and interventional time. Coupled with Philips’ position in medical imaging, this acquisition

”Image-guided procedures are one of the most important breakthroughs in the healthcare industry in decades. This acquisition allows Philips to significantly enhance its abilities in this rapidly-emerging field, and will help us further realize our ambition to offer the best quality of care in the most efficient way possible,” said Steve Rusckowski, CEO of Philips’ Healthcare sector.

The acquisition of Traxtal, opens up opportunities for minimally-invasive intervention and therapy solutions in combination with its diagnostic and imaging products in ultrasound, CT and MR.

Traxtal’s navigation solution displays, during the procedure, the instrument’s position, orientation, and trajectory on medical images such as Ultrasound or CT. An example is the radiofrequency ablation of liver tumors – during this procedure Traxtal’s PercuNav system helps guide and monitor the positioning of the ablation needle towards the center of the lesion.

For more information: www.philips.com

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