Spine and orthopaedics company Orthofix Medical has signed a commercial distribution agreement with Dutch firm MRIguidance for its BoneMRI imaging software in the US.

BoneMRI software is designed to convert an MRI imaging exam into a synthetic CT without using harmful radiation.

Orthofix has also completed the first eight cases in the world using BoneMRI software with 7D’s FLASH Navigation System.

BoneMRI with the 7D FLASH Navigation System is said to offer fully radiation-free preoperative imaging and spinal navigation to surgeons, their staff, and patients.

Orthofix global enabling technologies president Beau Standish said: “Our team is passionate about optimising clinical workflows and reducing radiation exposure to improve patient care and physician safety.

“In addition to removing the need for pre-operative radiation, this collaborative innovation also minimises the number of pre-operative scans down to just one saving the healthcare system both time and money.”

The 7D FLASH Navigation System rapidly creates a three-dimensional image for surgical navigation using visible light, allowing fast and more efficient spinal procedures.

It is also claimed as the only commercially available image guidance system that makes use of advanced, proprietary camera-based technology along with machine-vision algorithms.

According to Orthofix Medical, the 7D FLASH Navigation System solves many of the long-standing issues common with traditional surgical navigation platforms.

It is the only commercially available image guidance system that makes use of cutting-edge, proprietary camera-based technology in conjunction with machine-vision algorithms.

MRIguidance chief technology officer Marijn van Stralen said: “We are excited and proud to see BoneMRI software enabling and complementing the 7D FLASH Navigation System to offer a completely radiation-free pre- and intra-operative workflow for our patients and to protect the surgical team.

“This is the first time we have demonstrated the recurrent use of BoneMRI as an alternative to a CT scan. This marks the successful start to a fruitful collaboration with Orthofix to deliver radiation-free spine surgery.”