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Ziehm Imaging and BrainLAB Extend Partnership for Intra-Operative 3D Imaging and Computer Assisted Surgery (CAS) to North America

WESTCHESTER, Ill., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Ziehm Imaging, a provider of mobile imaging solutions for healthcare, and BrainLAB, a manufacturer of software-driven systems for targeted, less-invasive medical treatments, announced today they have extended their development and marketing agreement for the integration of mobile 3D C-arms and CAS to North America.

In 2002, Ziehm Imaging and BrainLAB jointly pioneered the development of DICOM-based CAS on 2D fluoroscopic images. In 2007, both companies established full compatibility of Ziehm Vision2 Vario 3D--Ziehm Imaging's C-arm--with all mobile BrainLAB platforms for 3D intra-operative imaging in Europe.

The combination of both technologies offers surgeons better orientation in the OR and enables minimally invasive surgeries with less radiation and higher accuracy. Ziehm Vision2 Vario 3D and BrainLAB CAS platforms are designed to assist with a wide variety of medical procedures, including spine and trauma, cranio-maxillofacial and neurosurgery.

The Ziehm Vision2 Vario 3D allows surgeons to obtain a volumetric 3D dataset and display sagittal, coronal and axial views intra-operatively. These additional 3D views may assist surgeons in assessing the accuracy of pedicle screw placement and other spine and orthopedic fixation devices, among other applications. While the Vario 3D can be used as a conventional 2D mobile C-arm during fluoroscopic interventions, it can also be used at any time during surgery to obtain additional 3D views.

BrainLAB technology can save the surgeon time by automatically registering the intra-operative 3D images without surgeon interaction. The result allows navigation of surgical tools relative to the intra-operative images, increasing their utility.

"We are pleased to announce that our partnership with BrainLAB, a worldwide established IGS vendor, has expanded to North America. Now customers worldwide can benefit from this combination of outstanding technology in imaging and CAS," said Ryan Hales, Product Marketing Manager with Ziehm Imaging, Inc.

Marc Mackey, Global Product Line Director, BrainLAB Orthopedics, commented: "BrainLAB is committed to providing customers with smarter and more efficient access to the most advanced technology. Extending our partnership with Ziehm Imaging to North America allows us to continue to provide imaging and navigation solutions that enable better patient outcomes."

About Ziehm Imaging

Ziehm imaging specializes in the development, manufacturing and worldwide marketing of mobile X-ray-based imaging solutions. Today, Ziehm Imaging is a global surgical imaging provider, employing over 250 people worldwide. Extensive in-house development know-how is reflected in Ziehm Imaging C-arms' high performance in medical imaging through intelligent generator technology, significant dose savings and seamless digital network integration. Building on competence and creativity, as well as continuous dialog and close cooperation with renowned universities, research centres and hospitals, Ziehm Imaging has developed groundbreaking technologies that have made the company a global trendsetter in intelligent interventional imaging. Ziehm Imaging products are known for their outstanding versatility and their easy operation for a wide variety of medical applications. In addition, they offer seamless integration into existing IT environments for digital image data acquisition, image evaluation and image management.

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About BrainLAB

BrainLAB develops, manufactures and markets software-driven medical technology that enables procedures that are more precise, less invasive, and also less expensive than traditional treatments. Among the core products are image-guided systems that provide highly accurate real-time information used for navigation during surgical procedures. This utility has been further expanded to serve as a computer terminal for physicians to more effectively access and interpret diagnostic scans and other digital medical information for better informed decisions. BrainLAB solutions allow expansion from a single system to operating suites to digitally integrated hospitals covering all subspecialties from neurosurgery, orthopedics, ENT, CMF to spine & trauma and oncology. With 3300 systems installed in over 75 countries, BrainLAB is a market leader in image-guided technology. The privately held BrainLAB group, founded in 1989, is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and today employs 1000 people in 16 offices across Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America.

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