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Mobile C-arm Platform Enhances OR Performance

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 26 Feb 2019
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Image: The Zenition platform brings together innovations in image capture and processing (Photo courtesy of Philips Healthcare).
Image: The Zenition platform brings together innovations in image capture and processing (Photo courtesy of Philips Healthcare).
A novel mobile C-arm imaging platform provides live image guidance during a wide range of surgeries including orthopedic, trauma, and vascular procedures.

The Philips (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) Zenition mobile C-arm platform is designed to merge innovations in image capture and processing, ease-of-use, and versatility, allowing hospitals to maximize operating room (OR) performance and enhance clinical capabilities. Features include compact design, positioning memory, and BodySmart software, which captures fast, consistent images even at the edge of the image intensifier/flat panel detector (FPD), reducing the need for C-arm repositioning by 45%. Zenition mobile C-arms are also easy to move between ORs, simple to position around the patient, and intuitive to operate.

The Zenition C-arm system incorporates the same image processing algorithms used in the company's Azurion platform, offering high-definition visualization of patient anatomies, a greater viewing area, and crisp imaging thanks to Philips' MetalSmart software, which automatically adjusts the contrast and brightness of images to improve quality when metal objects, such as implants, are present in the field of view. Finally, a tablet-like user interface and simple unified workflow makes the system easy to operate, turning point-and-shoot image capture fast and intuitive during any interventional or surgical procedure.

“As patient numbers rise and procedures become more complex, equipment up-time, utilization, and usability become ever more important,” said Ronald Tabaksblat, business leader for image guided therapy systems at Philips. “Our new harmonized Zenition mobile C-arm platform offers the proven performance and ease of use needed for surgical teams to work with confidence and precision, now and in the future.”

“The Philips Zenition is a user-friendly system that's intuitive to use for both surgeons and nursing staff,” said cardiac surgeon Nikolaos Bonaros, MD, of the Medical University of Innsbruck. “Its simplified workflow means that we can convert a room from a conventional OR to a high-quality interventional room more quickly. At the same time the system provides high image quality at the level required for hybrid OR procedures.”

Mobile C-arm X-ray systems are used for a variety of diagnostic imaging and minimally invasive surgical procedures. Examples include visualizing kidney drainage, abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysm repair, percutaneous valve replacements, cardiac and vascular surgery, gastroenterology, orthopedics, and pain management and neurology procedures.

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