First procedure with Brainlab’s Curve image guided surgery system


University hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar, Munich, Germany, announced that this is the first hospital operating with Brainlab’s Curve image guided surgery system. This new technology provides surgeons with better guidance and control during surgery enabling faster, more precise and safer interventions.

“We are extremely happy to be able to use the Curve system to support surgery as we believe it can offer advantages for both patients and medical staff. Curve is much more user-friendly than any other surgical navigation system we have used before and offers tools that will help improve outcomes for our patients. For example, by having ultra-fast access to updated images in the operating room allows us to make informed decisions on-the-spot and best-possible intra-operative control,” said Bernhard Meyer, chairman of the Neurosurgery Department at Klinikum rechts der Isar.

The new navigation platform has multiple interfaces to support ultra-fast image sharing and enhancement. Its streaming option also enables surgeons to transfer live images to a PC outside the operating room, thus allowing other experts to view surgery as it happens. Brainlab’s clinical online network Quentry further supports safe and fast sharing of patient data with colleagues around the world via cloud computing. The open architecture of the system facilitates the exchange between clinical users so that patients are able to benefit from combined medical expertise.

Other benefits of the system include a motorised camera that can be adjusted effortlessly at any point during the intervention using steering buttons on the monitor. Plus eight multidirectional wheels with cable deflectors which allow medical staff to rapidly maneuver the Curve system in and out of the operating room as required.

“When we started developing Curve, we set ourselves the goal to overcome the barriers of traditional navigation in the operating room. Our new navigation platform connects the operating room to the outside world through various interfaces. Surgeons can share and enrich data or consult with other medical experts at any time. Image guided surgery is becoming now information guided surgery,” said Stefan Vilsmeier, CEO and president of Brainlab.

Curve was launched in October 2011 at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Annual Meeting in Washington, USA.