Interventional Systems has today announced the addition to Micromate™’s product suite: a planning and navigation station that will make the needle-based intervention miniature robot available for use with CT scanners.
The new addition to Micromate™ makes it possible for physicians to rely on pre- and intraoperative scans to plan the intervention. These planning capabilities can then be leveraged to navigate and guide the instrument to the perfect trajectory automatically with submillimeter accuracy. All these features fit into a one square meter console, with the robot being maneuvered from afar, and relying on a miniature, table-mounted navigation camera. This ensures a substantial reduction of radiation exposure to physicians and patients, and the number of interoperative rescans, and does not negatively impact the available space in the room.
“For years, we have been discussing making the robotic platform the control panel of the entire medical workflow. These new additions to Micromate™ are the first step in that direction”, says Michael Vogele, Interventional Systems’ founder and CEO. “We have developed this planning and navigation system while bearing in mind all constraints related to practicality and cost. Our all-in-one platform integrates seamlessly with the workflow and allows the use of conventional fluoroscopy, CT, and CT navigation, all while still being extremely affordable. We are looking forward to what is to come.”
Dr. Reto Bale, from Medical University Innsbruck, will be one of the earliest adopters of the new station:
“Planning and navigation tools are fundamental for successful percutaneous procedures and clinical efficacy depends on them. I’m looking forward to incorporating the Micromate™ robot in my practice and further developing new applications whose outcomes can be improved with robotics”.
A current user of Micromate™ at the Ordensklinikum Linz Barmherzige Schwestern, Dr. Alexander Kupferthaler, adds:
“Precise image-driven targeting and highest accuracy while reducing radiation exposure are the ultimate goals in interventional radiology procedures. The Micromate™ all-in-one planning and navigation station with its intuitive handling and seamless integration to the angio-suite or CT workflow is a unique platform to add to patient safety and further perfect my interventions.”
The most recent version of Micromate™ will become available in Europe in the second half of this year. For the US market, 510(k) certification is pending and expected by Q3 2022.
Source: Interventional Systems.