Orthofix Medical Inc.a leading global spine and orthopedics company, announced it has entered into an agreement with MRIguidance to distribute its BoneMRI™ imaging software in the U.S.
The Company also announced the successful completion of the world’s first eight cases utilizing BoneMRI software with 7D’s FLASH™ Navigation System. BoneMRI creates a synthetic CT from an MRI imaging exam without the use of harmful radiation. For the first time, surgeons, their staff, and patients can now benefit from completely radiation-free preoperative imaging and spinal navigation using BoneMRI with the 7D FLASH Navigation System.
“I can now provide my patients a one-hundred percent radiation-free experience from their pre-op exam through the navigation imaging for their spine surgery,” said Dr. Jacob Rumley, an orthopedic surgeon with the Center for Spine and Orthopedics in Denver, CO. “The dangers of radiation exposure to patients, hospital staff and surgeons are very real. Technologies like the 7D FLASH Navigation System that enable radiation-free navigation are essential as we continue to advance patient care.”
The 7D FLASH Navigation System uses visible light to create a three-dimensional image for surgical navigation in seconds, enabling faster and more efficient spinal procedures. The only marketed image-guidance system that utilizes novel and proprietary camera-based technology, coupled with machine-vision algorithms, the 7D FLASH Navigation System eliminates many of the long-standing frustrations of legacy surgical navigation platforms. The speed, accuracy and efficiency of machine-vision technology is intended to provide significant economic value and lower radiation exposure for staff and patients during spinal fusion procedures.
“Our team is passionate about optimizing clinical workflows and reducing radiation exposure to improve patient care and physician safety,” said Dr. Beau Standish, President of Global Enabling Technologies at Orthofix. “In addition to removing the need for pre-operative radiation, this collaborative innovation also minimizes the number of pre-operative scans down to just one saving the healthcare system both time and money. This is truly revolutionary.”
“We are excited and proud to see BoneMRI software enabling and complementing the 7D FLASH Navigation System to offer a completely radiation-free pre- and intra-operative workflow for our patients and to protect the surgical team,” said Marijn van Stralen, Chief Technology Officer at MRIguidance. “This is the first time we have demonstrated the recurrent use of BoneMRI as an alternative to a CT scan. This marks the successful start to a fruitful collaboration with Orthofix to deliver radiation-free spine surgery.”
MRIguidance is a Dutch medical imaging software company founded in 2016 that leverages the technological possibilities in medical imaging to benefit value-based healthcare and to deliver safety for patients and healthcare professionals. The company enables radiologists and orthopedic surgeons by providing seamlessly integrated radiation free BoneMRI in regular imaging workflows, to visualize and characterize the osseous and soft tissue structures from one imaging exam.
Since 2023 MRIguidance expanded its presence from the EU to also serve the U.S. market through offices in New York and headquarters in Utrecht, the Netherlands.