The MedTech Breakthrough Awards recognize innovative companies, technologies and products from around the world, and this award is the fourth honor the LessRay platform has achieved from prestigious organizations and publications within the healthcare industry. The platform won the 2019 Spine Technology Award and was a gold winner in both the Advanced Surgical Instruments category at the 2019 Edison Awards™ and the Radiological, Imaging and Electromechanical Devices category at the 2019 Medical Design Excellence Awards.
The LessRay platform is composed of a propriety software algorithm and hardware components that help address overexposure to radiation in hospital operating rooms, particularly in the case of minimally invasive spine surgery. Studies show that spine and orthopedic surgeons can receive their lifetime radiation limit within the first 10 years of their career1 and LessRay has the ability to reduce radiation emissions by up to 80 percent compared to standard fluoroscopy.2 LessRay's proprietary image enhancement technology improves low-dose fluoroscopy images to have similar diagnostic capabilities as conventional full-dose fluoroscopy images, thereby reducing radiation emission and exposure in the operating room. Additionally, LessRay's other features help reduce the number of fluoroscopic shots needed and can ultimately decrease overall radiation exposure further. These features include:
- C-arm tracking: Simplifies localization and helps navigate to the targeted anatomy quickly and accurately without unnecessary scouting images.
- Image stitching: Minimizes surgical workflow interruption by quickly stitching together fluoroscopic images of any spine segment.
- Angle finder: Minimizes OR steps required to obtain crisp endplate shots with fewer fluoroscopic images than traditional C-arm scouting.
- Alternate view: Improves visualization by making metal instruments invisible or semi-transparent to reduce obstruction of the anatomy.
- Integrated Global Alignment® (iGA®): Allows for assessment of spinal alignment directly on LessRay's enhanced stitched images.
1 UI Haque M, Shufflebarger HL, O'Brien M, et al, Radiation exposure during pedicle screw placement in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: is fluoroscopy safe? Spine 2006;31(21):2516-20.
2 Wang TY, Farber SH, Perkins SS, et al. An internally randomized control trial of radiation exposure using ultra-low radiation imaging (ULRI) versus traditional C-arm fluoroscopy for patients undergoing single-level minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. Spine 2017;42(4);217-23.
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