Wetzlar, Germany and Santa Barbara CA, USA (PRWEB) April 02, 2014
TrueVision 3D Surgical, a world leader in neuro and ophthalmic 3D surgical visualization, and Leica Microsystems, a world leader in microscopes and scientific instruments, announced an expansion of their existing partnership into the ophthalmology arena.
The two companies, whose alliance last year resulted in the first surgical microscope integrated with TrueVision’s 3D intelligent visualization technology for neurosurgery, now fuses 3D technology into Leica Microsystems’ entire line of ophthalmic microscopes. The expanded relationship, combining optical and digital microscopy into one platform, is designed to drive precise patient outcomes, enhance surgeon ergonomics and facilitate OR staff communication, along with medical education benefits.
“We are very pleased with this extended collaboration with Leica Microsystems and are encouraged by the notable benefits in the surgical ophthalmology industry,” said Forrest Fleming, CEO TrueVision 3D Surgical. “The neurosurgery market has been very receptive to the integration of TrueVision’s 3D intelligent visualization into Leica Microsystems’ neurosurgical microscopes. Now ophthalmologists will also benefit from this technology.”
“The expansion of our partnership continues to reinforce Leica Microsystems’ commitment to patient care and surgical precision,” said Dr. Heinrich Dreyer, Vice President of Leica Microsystems, Medical Division. “The partnership leverages Leica Microsystems’ ‘open-architecture’ and world-class optical, ergonomic microscopes and TrueVision’s cutting edge visualization platform and suite of software applications. This integration creates a seamless, upgradeable platform that will help surgeons gain a more realistic perception of anatomical structures as a result of the depth perceived in 3D.”
Prof. Dr. med. Claus Eckardt, renowned surgeon and Director of Klinik für Augenheilkunde at Klinikum Frankfurt Höchst (Ophthalmological Center of Frankfurt Höchst Hospital), Frankfurt, Germany, used the fully integrated visualization platform – including a Leica M822 ophthalmic microscope with TrueVision 3D inside – to perform a “heads up” retina surgery at this year’s Frankfurt Retina Meeting, broadcast live to an audience of 1200 surgeons.
“I now routinely use ‘heads up’ 3D surgery in all retinal and cataract cases and believe many surgeons will perform ophthalmic surgery this way within 5 years,” commented Prof. Eckardt. “It is remarkable what Leica Microsystems and TrueVision have developed and how fast they continue to innovate. The implication for digital imaging, beyond the obvious ergonomic benefit, is to improve visual outcomes for many ophthalmic surgical procedures including cataract, cornea, glaucoma, and retina.”
**Visit TrueVision in the Leica Microsystems booth at World Ophthalmology Congress, booth E-04, Tokyo International Forum