Michigan, US-based medical technology company Stryker has announced the launch of its Q Guidance System with Spine Guidance Software for spine applications.

To provide increased surgical planning and navigation capability, the system brings together new optical tracking options, offered by a redesigned camera, and the complex algorithms of the new Spine Guidance Software.

When used with the Q Guidance System, this software serves as a planning and intraoperative guidance system to allow open or percutaneous computer-assisted surgery.

It is claimed to be the first spine navigation software to get US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for use with paediatric patients 13 years and above.

Stryker Spine division president Robbie Robinson said: “The Q Guidance System offers cutting-edge tracking options with its fourth-generation FP8000 camera, and Spine Guidance Software allows for advanced planning and computer-assisted execution.

“With the addition of the Q Guidance System, customers now have access to a robust solution that includes imaging, guidance and instruments and is fully integrated and designed to meet complex customer needs. In the years to come, our goal is to use the versatility of this System to help advance our technologies across multiple specialities, including cranial, spine, ENT and orthopaedics.”

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Q Guidance features a proprietary camera, image processing capability and Spine Guidance Software.

The Q Guidance System comes with a fourth-generation FP8000 camera, which provides both speed and flexibility for several optical tracking methods, including complete-spectrum active/passive hybrid optical tracking.

It is claimed to be the only guidance system with SpineMask, a non-invasive patient tracker and proprietary active technology.

The system’s Spine Guidance Software has fully redesigned applications, semi-automatic and automatic processing features, gesture recognition capability, and wide compatibility for several kinds of image sets.

Besides enabling surgeons to optimise their workflow, Spine Guidance Software aims to cut down surgeons’ time in the operating room as well as help them deal with complex clinical decisions and techniques intraoperatively.