BrainLAB has developed a computer-implemented method for determining a virtual trajectory within a patient’s anatomy using image and position data. The method allows users to visualize and manipulate the trajectory in a virtual representation of the patient’s body part. GlobalData’s report on BrainLAB gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on BrainLAB, Surgical robots was a key innovation area identified from patents. BrainLAB's grant share as of February 2024 was 62%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Determining virtual trajectory in virtual representation of patient's anatomy

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: BrainLAB AG

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11918294B2) discloses a computer-implemented method for determining a virtual trajectory in a three-dimensional virtual representation of a patient's body part. The method involves acquiring image data and position data, determining visualization data based on these inputs, and establishing virtual-world trajectory data. The virtual trajectory's spatial position is defined to coincide and move with the user's visual axis within the virtual-world coordinate system until fixed by user input. The patent also covers the determination of a real trajectory with respect to the patient's actual body part, involving transformation data and real-world trajectory data based on the virtual-world trajectory data and transformation data.

Furthermore, the patent describes a medical system implementing the method, comprising at least one computer, electronic data storage device, and display device. The system acquires image and trajectory data, displays visualization data to the user, and allows for control based on this data. The system can determine real-world trajectory data and includes features such as visualizing the virtual trajectory and indicating if the trajectory hits a structure of the virtual representation of the patient's body part. Overall, the patent outlines a comprehensive method and system for visualizing and determining virtual and real trajectories in a patient's body part, with potential applications in surgical or therapeutic procedures, offering a novel approach to medical imaging and treatment planning.

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