DePuy Synthes Companies, which is part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, demonstrated its portable spine imaging system at the North American Society Spine Meeting, which took place in Boston from October 26 to 29. Specifically, a new visualization option from DePuy Synthes Spine, called the Kick System with FluoroExpress software module, was on display at the conference. This solution enables improved access to advanced imaging technologies, which help surgeons confirm the appropriate treatment of spinal implants—thus saving time in the operating room.

Only 11% of spine surgeons in North America and Europe are currently using advanced imaging technologies; this is the case, even though image-guided spine surgery aids in achieving accurate screw insertion while reducing the chances of revision surgery to adjust screw placement.

The Kick System’s image-guided surgery technology enables a real-time view into the instrumentation and implants that are relative to patient anatomy, which provides proper pedicle screw placement. The system uses a small, portable infrared camera—along with a computer and monitor—and can be moved between operating rooms; it also works with existing x-ray equipment, which helps support surgical workflow. Displaying up to four different x-ray images at once, the Kick System makes it unnecessary to reposition equipment in order to capture different views—and that means reduced radiation exposure and surgery time.

“Building on our commitment to enabling technologies, the Kick System enhances less-invasive surgery for the clinician who may not have access to expensive 3D imaging systems, but recognizes the need for advanced imaging to support a successful fusion procedure and help improve patient outcomes,” says Dan Wildman, platform leader at DePuy Synthes Spine.

For more information about this system, visit DePuy Synthes.