Brainlab has signed an agreement with Toshiba Medical Systems, a business unit of the Toshiba Group, to integrate its Aquilion LB Computed Tomography (CT) scanner with the Brainlab Brainsuite iCT digitally integrated operating room (OR). The agreement allows Brainlab to expand options in intra-operative CT portfolio.

Brainlab develops, manufactures and markets software-driven medical technology that supports targeted, less-invasive treatment.

Brainsuite iCT integrates intra-operative CT scans with surgical planning and ceiling-mounted navigation. Automatic Image Registration uses intra-operative images to ensure fast and sterile patient registration for uninterrupted navigation back at original accuracy.

The images combined with navigation provide surgeons with immediate quality control and the ability to check their progress before concluding surgery. Intra-operative CT is considered to be a versatile tool for multiple surgical specialties. Because the scanner can be used for surgical and diagnostic imaging, it is considered a financially feasible solution for hospitals worldwide.

Toshiba claimed that the 16-slice Aquilion LB features the industry’s largest gantry aperture of 90cm and the industry’s largest scan field of 70 cm, covering more anatomy.

The 70cm scan field, up to 40% greater than other large-bore CT systems, delivers detailed image quality and reduces hidden anatomical areas for diagnoses, simulation and planning. The Aquilion LB delivers a field-of-view of 70cm without requiring extrapolation algorithms through Toshiba’s Quantum Detector technology.

Stephan Holl, chief operating officer of Brainlab, said: “Integration of the Toshiba Aquilion LB CT scanner with Brainsuite will further improve our ability to address customers’ needs for seamless integration of intra-operative imaging and navigation. With the largest gantry in the market, the Toshiba Aquilion LB is highly suitable for intra-operative use.”

Yasuo Nobuta, general manager of CT at Toshiba Medical Systems, said: “Brainlab is a global leader in surgical navigation and its integration with intra-operative imaging. This collaboration is a winning combination for neurosurgeons that are looking for quality surgical navigation featuring Toshiba CT technology.”