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Image Guidance Technology Innovations Allow for Exploration

Clinical Applications of Advanced Image Guidance Technology – Hosted by Acclarent

On Demand

Industry Thought Leaders Series


Raj Sindwani, MD

“Although we use navigation all of the time in our everyday lives—think self-driving cars and the GPS in our phones—image guidance technology in the operating room has been stalled for quite some time, with little to no attention given to this space,” said Raj Sindwani, MD, vice chair and section head of the Section of Rhinology, Sinus and Skull Base Surgery of the Head and Neck Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

Dr. Sindwani and Troy D. Woodard, MD, also from the Cleveland Clinic, along with Nithin D. Adappa, MD, and James N. Palmer, MD, both of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and Charles S. Ebert, MD, MPH, and Adam M. Zanation, MD, both of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, plan to discuss how image guidance technology is changing in their session that was presented on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

“The image guidance arena is finally starting to innovate and evolve with new players like Acclarent, not traditionally thought of as a navigation company, recently entering and disrupting the market,” said Dr. Sindwani. “In addition to easy setup, ease of use, and excellent accuracy, next generation systems like Acclarent’s TruDi® are incorporating new functionalities including fast anatomical mapping, virtual/augmented reality, line to target abilities, and even machine learning for automatic segmentation. This translates to more information that is easier to assimilate intraoperatively for the surgeon so s/he can better appreciate anatomy and use other modalities to accomplish their surgical goals.”

Dr. Palmer, who performs advanced sinus and skull-based surgeries, said that while he’s been using image guidance machines for over two decades, the technology has been advancing slowly until the last three or four years.

“The larger leaps we see happening are because the receiver is now in the tip of the instrument,” he said. “With the microsensor in the tip of the instrument, you can now move to rotatable and movable instruments inside the nose and sinuses—areas that were previously difficult to reach are now possible. I hope it will transform sinus and skull-base surgery because we may be able to simply go around some structures that previously blocked access.”

If you miss this live event, it will become available in the on-demand library of education content within 72 hours following the presentation.