One of the leading medical device companies, Medtronic, has recently rolled out its new StealthStation device at the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons annual conference held in Los Angeles. For the last 25 years, this technology has been the backbone in the neurosurgery suites and is utilized in almost 2.25 million procedures.
The new StealthStation S8 technology consists of a novel and enhanced software interface, electromagnetic technology, and a 2-cart platform design to match the surgical workflows. The device comprises electromagnetic sensors and 3D cameras to track the position of the tools, software for data processing and associated tracking algorithms, and the capability to combine data from diverse imaging sources for simpler guidance.
The device is also able of connecting to the intrasurgical CT scanners and MRIs, as well as O-arm X-ray-based imaging system of Medtronic and fluoroscopes. The imaging data collected prior to an operation can be merged with that gathered during the procedure, and the position of the tools is automatically incorporated into the demonstration.
The new system has enhanced workflows, efficiencies, and more regulated data incorporation that assures a clearer image for the surgeons and thus assists in speeding up the processes, according to the company. The new S8 has two touchscreen monitors of 27 inch each with multi-touch capabilities. At a time, different registration ways can be utilized to verify the patient’s position to the system, for instance, trace and touch.
Few of the other characteristics of the StealthStation S8 as per Medtronic include:
- 2 electromagnetic emitter tools, each with huge tracking volume;
- Ram of 16GB for image manipulation and fast performance;
- 1 TB solid-state drive — sufficient space to accumulate patients’ examinations;
- Optical camera with huge tracking volume offers flexibility in addressing and positioning line-of-sight problems;
- Automatic registration of patients with the O-arm™ imaging system;
- Wireless connectivity to medical devices and hospital, enabling the export and import of exams from anyplace within the hospital network;
- Operating system adjusts to any aspect ratio of 16:9, with resolutions up to full HD 1920 x 1080, and exhibit on several screens in the operating room;
- Analog and digital output, permitting integration.
The team is looking forward to witness their StealthStation S8 system to transform the way neurosurgeons treat spine and brain disorders across the world. What is your opinion regarding the new device?