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Visualization Platform Enhances Surgical Efficiency

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 28 Mar 2019
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Image: The HipCheck platform advances hip arthroscopy (Photo courtesy of Stryker).
Image: The HipCheck platform advances hip arthroscopy (Photo courtesy of Stryker).
Advanced imaging tools can enhance the surgical experience, improve operating room (OR) procedural efficiency, and deliver patient-specific results.

The first new Stryker Corporation (Kalamazoo, MI, USA) imaging tool is the HipCheck platform, which is focused on advancing hip arthroscopy via an interactive tablet device designed to seamlessly integrate into the existing OR workflow, calculate intraoperative measurements, and deliver a higher degree of accuracy when measuring bone deformities. The interactive tablet also incorporates a 3D imaging tool designed to improve pre-operative planning, called HipMap.

The second imaging tool is the 1688 Advanced Imaging Modalities (AIM) 4K Platform, which features 4K resolution, auto-light technology, better ergonomics, and seamless standardization. The platform's vivid 4K display offers consistently bright, sharp, and crystal-clear images for improved surgical visualization during arthroscopy, laparoscopy, urology, gynecology, colorectal surgery and ear, nose and throat (ENT) procedures. The system's L11 advanced light source features proprietary auto-light technology, which automatically corrects poor lighting in posterior compartments and self-adjusts based on anatomy.

In addition, to help improve standardization in the OR, Stryker offers the Connected OR Hub, which allows for seamless connectivity between all devices. Fully integrated into the imaging tower, the Connected OR Hub allows surgeons to capture, record, stream and print images directly from the 1688 AIM 4K Platform. Surgeons can also use the Hub to customize their respective surgeon profiles and desired tower settings to drive efficiency.

“We're committed to helping lead the advancement of innovation in sports medicine,” said Brent Ladd, president of Stryker's endoscopy division. “We understand surgeons need to not only visualize anatomy intraoperatively with the highest level of color reproduction and clarity, but also to plan preoperatively for each individual patient. We are extremely excited about the potential this combined platform provides our customers for optimal and customized surgical care.”

“The visualization quality of the 1688 Platform is very impressive; images are extremely clear and bright, and the auto-light feature allows us to look at the back of the knee or bottom of the shoulder without the difficulty we had before,” said Benjamin Ma, MD, chief of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF; USA) Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service. “The Connected OR Hub is also a huge improvement with workflow to get images stored in our electronic medical records.”

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