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Frost & Sullivan Lauds Veran Medical for its IG4 Plug-n-Play Navigation System
Date:3/2/2009

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of image guided therapy markets, Frost & Sullivan presents Veran Medical Technologies, Inc. with the 2009 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation of the Year in recognition of its pioneering development of a novel image guided medical therapy delivery system, known as the IG4, which enables accurate and efficient targeting of very small lesions in the lungs. The technology is unique, as it is based on a 4-D registration principle. Unlike traditional navigation technologies, by encouraging the movement of fiducials, the IG4 technology helps solve the problem of maintaining accurate localization for moving organs.

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Current lung cancer detection protocols require patients with small lesions to come back repeatedly for computed tomography (CT) scans to monitor their growth. Multiple scans translate to increased costs and increased radiation exposure. In addition, physicians do not possess the means to integrate multiple modality information such as PET-CT, MR-CT, or contrasted enhanced images for real-time navigation in the CT suite.

"In this context, image guided technologies are proving their usefulness especially in fields such as neurosurgery and functional endoscopic surgery," says Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Pramodh Ishwarakrishnan. "With its 4D registration features, Veran Medical's IG4 system represents a complete solution for the early diagnosis of lung cancer."

The time-saving IG4 Plug-n-Play Delivery System uses real-time electromagnetic localization to track organ motion and deliver diagnostic biopsy needles and therapy devices. The advantage of the IG4 is that it requires no user interaction to complete registration.
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