Stryker launches new guidance system for spine operations

KALAMAZOO–The Kalamazoo-based medical device developer Stryker Corp.(NYSE:SYK) has announced the launch of its Q Guidance System for spine applications.

The system combines new optical tracking options provided by a redesigned camera with sophisticated algorithms of the newly launched Spine Guidance Software to deliver more surgical planning and navigation capability than ever before.

When used with the Q Guidance System, the Spine Guidance Software is intended as a planning and intraoperative guidance system to enable open or percutaneous computer-assisted surgery and is the first spine navigation software to receive FDA clearance for use with pediatric patients aged 13 and older.

“The Q Guidance System offers cutting-edge tracking options with its 4th generation FP8000 camera, and Spine Guidance Software allows for advanced planning and computer-assisted execution,” said Robbie Robinson, president of the Stryker’s spine division. “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 specialties including cranial, spine, ENT, and orthopaedics.”

Q Guidance offers surgeons numerous benefits, including:

* A proprietary camera: The Q Guidance System features a 4th generation FP8000 camera that offers unmatched speeds and the flexibility of multiple optical tracking methods, including full-spectrum active/passive hybrid optical tracking.1 It is the only guidance system with proprietary active technology and a non-invasive patient tracker, SpineMask.
* Image processing: Spine Guidance Software features completely redesigned applications, semi-automatic and automatic processing features, gesture recognition, and broad compatibility with various types of image sets.
* Spine Guidance Software: Spine Guidance Software is designed to help surgeons optimize their workflow, minimize their time in the OR and address complex clinical decisions and techniques intraoperatively. Its computational power is designed to support our spine product and software roadmap. It is our intention to develop and release new technologies within the Q ecosystem.

Stryker will be featuring the Q Guidance System and offering demonstrations at several upcoming meetings, including:

Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) 2022 Annual Forum in Las Vegas, Sept. 29–Oct. 1, 2022 (booth #206, #208, #210)
Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) 2022 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Oct. 8–12, 2022 (booth #419)
North American Spine Society (NASS) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Oct. 12–15, 2022 (booth #4211)

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