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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Ziehm Imaging and BrainLAB Announce Partnership for Intra-Operative 3D Imaging and Computer Assisted Surgery (CAS)

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MUNICH and NUREMBERG, Germany , Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Ziehm Imaging, aprovider of mobile imaging solutions for healthcare, and BrainLAB, a manufacturer of software-driven systems for targeted, less-invasive medical treatments, have announced a development and marketing agreement for the integration of mobile 3D C-arms and CAS (Computer Assisted Surgery).

In 2002, Ziehm and BrainLAB jointly pioneered the development ofDICOM-based CAS on 2D fluoroscopic images. Now, both companies will establish full compatibility of Vario 3D and Vision 3D -- Ziehm's C-arms -- with all mobile BrainLAB platforms for 3D intra-operative imaging.

The combination of both technologies will give surgeons better orientationin the OR and enable minimally invasive surgeries with less radiation and higher accuracy. Vario 3D, Vision 3D and BrainLAB CAS platforms are designedto assist with a broad variety of medical procedures, including spine andtrauma, craniomaxillofacial, and neurosurgery.

Vario 3D and Vision 3D allow surgeons to create a volumetric 3D datasetwith arbitrary numbers of fluoroscopic images. Depending on each indication,the surgeon can define the image quality, radiation dose and the resolution ofthe images.

BrainLAB technology makes it possible to automatically registerintra-operatively acquired 3D datasets. This means surgeons can uploaddatasets into the CAS system without the need for additional manual steps. During surgery, the position of the patient and the surgical instruments are tracked in real time through BrainLAB software.

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