Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Fri, November 18th, 2016
NuVasive, Inc. has just announced that its Integrated Global Alignment (iGA) platform now supports all spinal procedures, including cervical alignment. They have also introduced image enhancement software that allows the surgical staff to significantly reduce exposure to surgical radiation in the operating room (OR).
As indicated in the October 25, 2016 news release, “iGA is a proprietary, procedurally-integrated digital platform of specialized products designed to help surgeons achieve more precise spinal column alignment…”
To address concerns about surgeon and patient radiation exposure, “NuVasive has acquired the LessRay software technology suite from a company called SafeRay Spine…”
Asked to give details on how the technology helps surgeons “calculate, correct, confirm,” Jason Hannon, NuVasive’s president and chief operating officer, told OTW, “To optimize sagittal alignment prior to surgery, we have two software solutions to help surgeons calculate a patients pelvic parameters, Nuvaline and NuvaMap. Nuvaline is a mobile app that works on the iOS platform, with an Android version to come, and NuvaMap is computer based software which provides a more enhanced version of calculating these same parameters. NuvaMap takes the software step further by allowing a surgeon to simulate different surgical options to understand in advance, how different approaches or interbody devices might affect the outcome on a patient’s parameters.