The LessRay platform is built on a proprietary algorithm that captures and enhances low-dose, low-quality images to produce images with similar diagnostic capabilities as conventional full-dose images. This technology has the ability to reduce radiation emissions to the operating room (OR) staff and patient by 75 percent compared to standard fluoroscopy.1 Additionally, LessRay contains a number of surgical efficiency features designed to save time during spine surgery, which can decrease time under anesthesia for the patient. In the newest software upgrade, LessRay showcases Integrated Global Alignment® (iGA®) measurements on a stitched image which furthers workflow efficiencies for surgeons and OR staff. Also included, compatibility with picture archiving and communications system (PACS) enables seamless information transfer between LessRay and a hospital's network.
Increased radiation exposure and limited imaging capabilities are some of the many barriers faced in adopting minimally invasive surgery (MIS) in spine. LessRay is designed to maintain the diagnostic image quality and anatomical visualization necessary to perform MIS procedures during spine surgery. This platform further accelerates the adoption of MIS to enable potential patient benefits including decreased blood loss, lower risk of infection and faster recovery time.
"We are honored to be recognized by the MDEA for the LessRay platform and our ongoing commitment to delivering better clinical outcomes in spine surgery," said
The Medical Design Excellence Awards is the premier awards program for the medtech industry. Since its inception in 1998, the mission of the MDEAs has been to recognize significant achievements in medical product design and engineering that improve the quality of healthcare delivery and accessibility. The 2019 MDEA Juror Panel—composed of practicing doctors, nurses, technicians, industrial designers, engineers, manufacturers and human factors experts—selected 46 finalists in nine medical technology product categories. Products and technologies were judged based on patient benefits, market differentiation, benefits to overall healthcare, design, and engineering innovation and functional innovation.
The MDEA award is the second honor the LessRay platform has achieved in 2019; the platform was recently voted a gold winner in the Advanced Surgical Instruments category at the 2019 Edison Awards™.
1Wang 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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