Diagnostic imaging, surgery

Philips and Traxtal to develop image-guided therapy solutions using electromagnetic navigation

22 May 2007

Andover, Mass. Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHI) and Canadian company Traxtal Inc. will collaborate to develop integrated soft tissue therapeutic and diagnostic navigation solutions. Combining Philips’ diagnostic and interventional imaging with Traxtal’s surgical navigation and therapy systems, the companies will offer a broad spectrum of integrated imaging and navigation solutions. Philips also owns a minority stake in Traxtal.

Leveraging Philips’ technology innovations in the fields of image processing and modeling, and the advanced navigation solutions provided by Traxtal’s PercuNav system, the companies aim to create the most advanced soft-tissue navigation systems on the market.

Philips and Traxtal researchers are working with multiple modalities, including ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR), to develop a technology offering that has the potential to improve patient outcomes and treatment accuracy through improved visualization, as well as to realize possible cost savings as procedures can be done more efficiently.

“We are delighted to be working with Philips, one of the world’s leading medical imaging companies, as we bring this exciting technology to the marketplace,” said Dr. Neil Glossop, president of Traxtal. “We share a common commitment to excellence in patient care and empowerment of physicians through technology.”

The Traxtal PercuNav system provides advanced navigation solutions for interventional radiologists performing image-guided percutaneous diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, such as biopsies and radio-frequency ablations. PercuNav helps physicians guide minimally invasive devices such as needles and probes into the body using electromagnetic tracking technology. The system provides physicians with a simple, intuitive three-dimensional visualization showing the tool position superimposed on the patient’s medical images. PercuNav also provides multimodality image fusion for combining ultrasound, CT and MR images in real-time during the interventional procedure.

“This cooperation will further strengthen Philips’ position as a leading provider of minimal invasive therapy solutions,” said Diego Olego, CTO of Philips Medical Systems. “Our combined expertise will create a unique opportunity for Philips to become the imaging supplier of choice in the image guided therapy market and it lays the foundation for development of new treatments and therapies, including solutions that may help provide better clinical outcomes, with less risk to the patient, at a lower cost.”

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