IBM technology selected in computer-assisted surgery Navitrack surgical navigation system

Markham 22 January 2004IBM and ORTHOsoft Inc. have worked together to embed IBM M Pro 6220 IntelliStation workstations into ORTHOsoft's Navitrack Station, a Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery (CAOS) system offering to orthopaedic surgeons around the world a stable, reliable tool in the placement of implants for knee, hip or spine surgeries.


The IBM IntelliStations will be running ORTHOsoft's Navitrack software applications on a Linux platform. This new configuration for the Navitrack Station is applicable to systems shipping immediately, and upgrade kits are also available.

Emmanuel Daigneault, project manager, ORTHOsoft, stated: "IBM provided a workstation, which not only fits our existing small size product chassis, but was fast, reliable and stable. Intense graphic manipulations can now be accomplished much faster in most cases. Most of all, we also needed to work with someone that could provide top support for our clients worldwide; IBM was the best choice."

Founded in Montréal in 1995, ORTHOsoft's Navitrack navigation system was developed in collaboration with a team of orthopaedic surgeons to achieve an efficient work flow and facilitate less invasive surgery, and to potentially reduce the recovery time for the patient. Its applications and specific instruments guide surgeons with 3D visualization of the patient's anatomy and real-time navigation of the instruments. ORTHOsoft offers advantageous solutions for total knee and hip replacement, pedicle screw placement and anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, some of its applications completely eliminating the need for any kind of pre-operative CT-Scanning.

"ORTHOsoft is specialised in Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery (CAOS)", stated Sal Causi, Business Unit Executive for IBM Canada. "CAOS is one of the fastest growing areas in the medical community. The technology we are providing to ORTHOsoft will help surgeons see images faster, have better visual results, and have the dependability that is required in the operating room."

The new Navitrack Station equipped with the IBM IntelliStation has already proven to be faster than the previous configurations, in the Operating Room. The Navitrack Station also has the IEC 601 certification, the international medical equipment standard. Working with Microage, an IBM Business Partner, ORTHOsoft will assemble the units and deliver them to customers in the United States, Canada, and Europe. IBM will provide ongoing support globally.

ORTHOsoft provides user-friendly, multi-platform surgical navigation systems for the orthopaedic market. ORTHOsoft's Navitrack integrates with existing hospital systems, providing surgeons with vital, real-time data allowing to improve the surgical process and potentially reduce patients' recovery time. ORTHOsoft offers a full range of products for the orthopaedic surgical market to improve outcomes in complex orthopaedic procedures. ORTHOsoft's Navitrack navigation system has supported over 8500 surgical procedures in Europe and North America.

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Leslie Versweyveld

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