An increasing number of complex interventions are being carried out following minimally invasive procedures. However, this means longer procedure times, intense training programs, higher radiation exposure and increased usage of contrast agent – all of which brings potential health risks to patients, physicians and staff.
X-ray is considered the ‘gold standard’ for the imaging used to guide physicians during such interventions. Yet navigation remains a challenge and as clinicians continue to expand their practice and strive for better and more effective ways to treat patients, there is a growing need for them to see devices in 3D, in real time, and in relation to the anatomy. At the same time, they want to reduce exposure to radiation for themselves, their staff and their patients.