Axis Surgical's EC-MOR facilitated real-time visualization of anterior spine column during surgery

Axis Surgical Technologies, Inc., reports the first evaluation of the C-MOR™ Visualization Device in a spine procedure. The C-MOR™ is a self-contained portable direct-imaging tool that functions much like a standard arthroscopic tower, yet at a fraction of both the size and cost. The handheld lightweight device offers practitioners the convenience of intraoperative visualization and complete operability in one hand. The C-MOR™ comprises a distinctive and cost-effective imaging device offering benefits to medical practitioners in a variety of applications, including lengthy surgeries requiring constant re-evaluation of the operating field over the course of the surgery.

On March 9th, 2010, the C-MOR™ was used by San Francisco-based spinal surgeon, Dr. Sigurd Berven, to assist with a complex vertebral column resection at UCSF General Hospital. Complex surgery for reconstruction of the spinal column may be compromised by limited visualization of the anterior column of the spine. Intraoperative navigation tools including fluoroscopy and CT-based image guidance have significant limitations in patients with deformities because the relationship between adjacent vertebra and perivertebral structures is dynamic and changing with surgical progress. The case involved a 48 y/o male with ankylosing spondylitis who had developed a severe and progressive sagittal plane deformity. Dr. Berven removed the apical vertebrae at T11 and T12 from a posterior approach, working around the spinal cord to decompress and realign the spine. The C-MOR™ provided real-time images during the resection of vertebral elements and reconstruction of the anterior column of the spine. Dr. Berven explains, "A precise removal of bone elements, protection of neural and vascular structures, and preparation of the surgical site for implant placement are critical for the success of the operation. The C-MOR™ facilitated real-time visualization of the anterior column of the spine around the spinal cord, and was a key tool in the surgery."

The C-MOR™ is designed to provide added convenience to the procedure by using an on-board LCD display and luminous LED lighting, providing better utilization of the surgeon's natural field of view and range of motion. According to the surgeon, "[The C-MOR™] enabled us to visualize the anterior column of the spine without the radiation exposure and space encumbrance of a fluoroscopy or intraoperative-imaging device." The intuitive design equips office-based physicians with novel imaging and a smaller scope to enhance diagnostic capabilities and improve continuity of care. Axis Surgical CEO Fred Seddiqui remarks, "I am very pleased to see evidence of the significant benefits C-MOR™ has to offer for spine procedures. This compact yet powerful technology is poised to become an essential tool for multiple surgical applications and indications, including orthopedics and spine."



Axis Surgical Technologies, Inc.


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