The Q Guidance System with cranial guidance software was cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) early in 2023 to help surgeons plan and carry out cranial procedures. The device assists in positioning instruments and displaying patient cranial anatomy.

The guidance system, which has already been in use for spinal procedures, uses one of Stryker’s latest cameras to help with tracking during surgery. The system, paired with the cranial software, is intended for use in craniotomies, skull base and transsphenoidal procedures, biopsies, and shunt placements.

It has already been used in early product surveillance cases.

“Cranial procedures are extremely delicate, and outcomes may go beyond physical health, potentially altering your patient’s appearance or personality. The system offers advanced planning and guidance capabilities, giving me greater confidence to perform these complex surgeries,” said Dr Melvin Field, medical director for the Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery programme at AdventHealth, and member of Orlando Neurosurgery.

The release comes hot on the heels of the Michigan, US-based company launching the Q Guidance system itself last week.

Image-guided surgery software is one of the fastest growing sectors in the healthcare industry. According to GlobalData, Stryker is one of the leading companies in the sector in terms of geographic reach. Though players like Samsung and Hitachi lead the way in terms application diversity for its image guided products.

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“With Cranial Guidance Software powered by Q, neurosurgeons have more surgical planning and guidance capabilities than ever before, with a special focus on biopsies and shunt placements,” said Robbie Robinson, president of Stryker’s Spine division.

“This technology has the potential to become the standard of care and a possible means to increase accuracy and efficiency in the operating room.”