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New Technology Promises Safer Organ Transplants and Soft Tissue Surgeries
Date:4/14/2008

will be large surgical centers, such as academic hospitals and high-volume heart and cancer centers. If these institutions successfully enhance patient safety and enable high-risk patients to receive potentially life-saving procedures by using soft tissue navigation systems, other surgical facilities will follow suit and adopt the technology.

The Surgical Navigation Systems 2008 report covers the neurosurgery, spine, ear, nose, and throat (ENT), and orthopedics navigation system markets. Industry competitors include Aesculap, BrainLAB, Hansen Medical, Medtronic Navigation, Novadaq Technologies, ORTHOsoft, Pathfinder Therapeutics, Stereotaxis, and Stryker Navigation.

About Soft Tissue Navigation Systems

Navigated abdominal surgery systems, used in soft tissue navigation, scan the surface of the liver using a laser range scanner to gather over 20,000 positioning points. These points are matched to a preoperative computed tomography scan and used to create a 3-D operative model of the organ, which allows surgeons to track the procedure around and through the tissue. Another soft tissue navigation technology for organ transplants and vascular bypasses uses fluorescent dyes and near-infrared spectroscopy to track blood flow within an organ or tissue.

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Millennium Research Group (http://www.MRG.net), a Decision Resources, Inc. company (http://www.DecisionResources.com), is the global authority on medical technology market intelligence and a leading provider of strategic information to the health care sector. Focused solely on the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries, the company provides its clients with the benefits of its specialized industry expertise through published reports and customized consulting services.

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