7D Camera System to Prevent Surgeons from Causing Damage During Spinal and Cranial Operations
SeaSpine Holdings is an international medical tech company that provides surgical solutions for correcting spinal disorders. This week, the company has announced a new smart camera system to ensure surgeons don’t make errors when performing spinal surgeries.
In the past, surgeons could only see the outline of the spine when performing surgery, but this new camera system shows a computer-generated image of a patient’s entire spine from all angles, even inside. As a result, surgeons are less likely to cause damage during operations.
Accidents during spinal surgeries are not very common; stats show that this happens in at least one operation out of every 300 done. However, when a surgeon makes a mistake, it can cause nerve damage and even paralysis.
Recently surgeons have been using imaging technology such as CT scans as aids during spinal surgeries. But CT scans only give a partial image, and they also emit some radiation which means that the surgical team has to exit the theatre during the scan. Therefore, Seaspine’s 7D system will bring changes for the benefit of the patient and the surgeon as well.
How Does This 7D Camera System Work?
SeaSpine’s 7D Flash Navigation System utilizes visible light to generate a 3D image for surgical navigation in a matter of seconds. As a result, this ensures that cranial and spinal operations are shorter and more efficient.
This image guidance system uses machine-vision algorithms combined with proprietary camera-based technology. It utilizes an entirely contactless workflow in cranial surgeries by getting multiple virtual fiducials using the patient’s anatomy. This ensures that cranial operations can be performed in almost any surgical position.
The speed, precision, and efficiency of Seaspine’s 7D Navigation System is meant to provide significant economic value and harness the true potential of image-guiding for the purpose of cranial and spinal surgery.
Has The Smart Camera System Been Certified?
This week SeaSpine has announced that it has received CE mark certification for its 7D Flash Navigation System for spinal and cranial operations. The company’s President and CEO, Mr. Keith Valentine, stated, “The CE certification for these operations is a significant breakthrough as we look further to penetrate the European market with the best-in-class technology.”
He continues to say, “We look forward to the sustained development of our robust tech advancements to share with surgeons all over the world and demonstrate our ground-breaking approach to improving surgical outcomes.”
Seaspine’s Head of Enabling Technologies, Beau Standish, was also on record, and he said, “We are thrilled to get the CE certification on the expanded operation for the spine and cranial regions. Our cranial imaging system’s speed, precision, and effectiveness has had a massive impact on surgical workflow and has resonated well with surgeons in the US.”
He continues to say, “In addition, our Percutaneous Spine imaging system rounds out our game-changing spine portfolio, and it will help address concerns in spinal surgery navigation systems. We are determined to deliver the expanded range of our 7D Flash Navigation System as we strategically roll out the technology in Europe.”
What Have Surgeons Said About This Imaging System?
Surgeons using this imaging system to fix slipped spinal discs and remove spinal tumors say it makes operations more straightforward. In addition, they believe it could completely overhaul how spinal operations are done.
Faya Sedra, a spinal and orthopedic surgeon at the Royal London Hospital, was one of the first physicians to use this imaging system, and he said, “Any kind of spinal surgery is never simple. You are working very close to the spinal cord, which transports messages from the brain to the limbs, so you have to be very careful.”
He goes on to say, “Having an aid which directly gives surgeons a 3D image of the patient’s spine is in itself a game-changer. This means surgeons can see where they are going; as a result, the safety of the operation automatically increases.”
Saba Delgosha was one of the first patients in Britain to benefit from this 7D Navigation system after her Scoliosis became so serious that she needed spinal fusion. Saba, who is now recovering at home, wants to be a doctor and help other people.
Dr. Sedra says “Scoliosis is just one of the many areas where 7D imaging could be helpful. In a couple of years, I think that these systems will be available in most British hospitals to guide spinal operations.”