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Duke University Hospital, a 924-bed academic tertiary care facility located in Durham, North Carolina, has installed Brainlab’s Airo Mobile Intraoperative CT (computed tomography), a large-bore, mobile, 32-slice CT scanner to assist surgeons with visualisation and to help verify surgical goals through real-time imaging.

The hospital has installed the diagnostic quality mobile imaging system for surgical procedures to assist surgeons in streamlining efficiency in virtually any standard-size operating room and to help expand the clinical benefit to more patients.

Airo’s 107cm gantry size and flexibility allow facilities to offer high-quality imaging for a comprehensive range of clinical procedures, including neurosurgery, orthopedic and trauma surgery, while helping overcome conventional intraoperative limitations.

According to Brainlab, Airo Mobile Intraoperative CT has the potential to change daily practice in the surgical space, offering mobility, flexibility and access to real-time patient images, and allowing for flexibility in patient positioning.

Duke University Hospital associate chief medical officer and vice chairman of the orthopaedic surgery department Dr William Richardson said, "We look forward to fully utilising this imaging system to help enhance the quality, safety and outcomes of the surgical care of our patients."

Surgeons can use Airo and Curve to see how their surgeries are progressing, all while maintaining the patient’s surgical position.

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"We look forward to fully utilising this imaging system to help enhance the quality, safety and outcomes of the surgical care of our patients."

Additionally, they can automatically register the newly acquired intraoperative CT images and merge pre-operative scans to track and monitor their surgical instruments in real time, increasing intraoperative confidence and helping to safely achieve desired surgical goals.

Brainlab president Sean Clark said that it is a privilege to collaborate with leading institutions like Duke University Hospital and expand the impact of technology across multiple clinical applications.

"Partnerships like these enable us to constantly improve the value of our products and to offer the benefits of the latest technology to more patients," Clark added.

Duke University Hospital, a full-service tertiary and quaternary care hospital, has been recognised as one of the world’s great healthcare providers by publications such as TIME and US News & World Report.

Image: The Airo Mobile Intraoperative CT. Photo courtesy of Business Wire/Brainlab AB.