(PRWEB) November 7, 2004
Image guided surgery (IGS) systems are increasingly used in a variety of surgical procedures, enabling physicians to perform surgeries more accurately and effectively. According to a series of reports by Millennium Research Group (MRG), over 30% of global IGS unit sales in 2003 were equipped with nonspinal orthopedic applications.
Nonspinal orthopedic surgery is the most recent field to start using IGS. The most prevalent applications include those for knee and hip replacement, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and trauma procedures. Also in development are applications for shoulders and other joint replacement procedures.
Since its inception in the mid-1990s, two divergent views have dominated the debate as to whether IGS has a place in orthopedic surgery. A minority view is that orthopedic physicians have not embraced the technology because increased procedure time and lack of technical support have frustrated many physicians. Some surgeons are still asking for proof and evidence of clinical efficacy of orthopedic IGS systems. Most orthopedic surgeons, however, are indeed receptive to IGS technology as the push for minimally invasive surgery continues. Increases in clinical accuracy, patient safety, and clinic marketability will see further IGS adoption among the orthopedic medical community.
Orthopedic IGS is the fastest growing IGS specialty. Manufacturer interest in orthopedic IGS stems from the high procedure volumes involved and the high number of surgeons relative to other specialties. Most IGS manufacturers have chosen to offer open platforms that allow compatibility with orthopedic implants from different suppliers. As such, more IGS companies are signing co-development and integration agreements with orthopedic implant manufacturers. One notable example is the relationship between Medtronic SNT and Zimmer for the development of MIS knee and hip applications.
MRG's Global Markets for Image Guided Surgery series, includes analysis on US, Europe, Asia Pacific, and key industry competitors. The global report series covers over 15 competitors including Medtronic SNT (MDT), BrainLAB, GE Healthcare (GE), and Stryker Navigation (SYK).
A leading source of competitive intelligence, MRG is now the largest provider of medical device market research in the world. Located in Toronto, Canada, MRG covers global markets and has pioneered reporting of numerous emerging products.
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