Facilitating surgical interventions through innovative chirurgical navigation

The development of a sensor at the tip of chirurgical instruments that indicates the exact position of the instrument in the body of the patient helps doctors operate with high precision in sensitive areas.

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Flexible navigated suction tubes and navigated guidewire with sensors integrated at the tip. The position of the instruments is measured and displayed on a screen during the operation. © fiagon GmbH Flexible navigated suction tubes and navigated guidewire with sensors integrated at the tip. The position of the instruments is measured and displayed on a screen during the operation. © fiagon GmbH

" Within the project we established our core technology. The results are the basis for our successful entry in different markets with short development cycles and the growth in the last years. "

Dr. Dirk Mucha, CTO

Surgical interventions in sensitive areas such as the ear, nose, or the brain always present the danger of damaging healthy tissue by accident. The navigation system developed by fiagon GmbH lowers the risk of accidents by allowing for a thorough planning of medical interventions, and for a precise navigation during the surgery.

The project meant a substantial progress for ear-nose-throat (ENT) surgery, oral and maxillofacial (CMF) surgery, and neurosurgery. With the development of a new generation of clinical navigation systems, both the number of complications and the time spent in the operating theatre can be reduced.

Digital support for precise interventions

The navigation system can be used to plan operations in advance by using images from computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). During the intervention, the surgeon sees the position of the navigated instrument on a monitor that displays its image through a digital model. This enables the surgeon to steer clear of sensitive areas.

State-of-the-art clinical technology since 2007

The fiagon GmbH, a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) founded in 2007 and located just outside of Berlin, unites scientific innovation with economic success. So far, 18 patents have been filed, and the products are exported in over 35 countries.

The company’s innovative business idea has been recognised by a number of prizes, including the title “Innovator of the Year 2014” from the Top 100 project, the STEP Award 2013, and the KfW Founders Prize 2013. It was also nominated for the German Founders Award 2013. The project also generated 8 new jobs.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Development of a sensor system for the navigation of chirurgical instruments” is EUR 798 000, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) contributing EUR 285 000, through the “Brandenburg” Operational Programme, for the 2007-2013 programming period.

Draft date

30/03/2015

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