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Image Guidance and Navigation Technologies for Robotic Surgery

Image Guidance and Navigation Technologies for Robotic Surgery

The importance of medical imaging has expanded beyond just diagnoses. Increasingly, more imaging modalities are being integrated into therapy systems, and as guidance tools during surgical procedures. TechVision's latest research service from the medical imaging technology cluster highlights the emerging trends and innovations in use of medical imaging for guidance and navigation during surgical procedures and treatments. Two broad application areas have been delineated: image-guide surgery (IGS) and image-guided therapy (IGT).

IGS and IGT use medical imaging tools such as x-ray radiology, ultrasound imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in guiding the surgeon and the robotic system during surgical procedures. IGS initially found acceptance because it provides guidance to surgeons, which increases precision and accuracy. However, with the advent of surgical robots, it has become a pre-requisite since navigation of tools during minimally-invasive surgeries require real-time visualization.

This research service sheds light on the ultrasound technology landscape, key business and technology considerations that are aiding and hampering market adoption, areas that present opportunities for growth and research activity in this area.


  • Executive Summary
    • Scope of Research
    • Research Methodology
    • Key Findings
    • Frost & Sullivan Perspective: Technology Convergence Holds the Key to The Future of Robotic Surgery
  • Technology Snapshot and Trends
    • The Role of Medical Imaging Extends Beyond Diagnosis
    • The Advent of Robotic Surgery and the Increasing Importance of IGS are Well-aligned
    • Image-guided Surgery (IGS) Forms the Foundation of Modern Surgical Practices
    • Optical Imaging Offers Excellent Image Quality in Real-time, but Suffers from Poor Depth of Penetration
    • Hybrid Imaging and Electromagnetic Navigation Mechanisms Bridge the Gaps Left by Conventional Optical Imaging Platforms
    • Accurate Guidance, Dosage Optimization, and Careful Planning Contribute to the Rise of IGT
    • External Beam Radiation Therapy and Brachytherapy are the Two Approaches to IGT
    • Image-guided Therapy (IGT) Finds Ready Acceptance by Radiation and Chemotherapies
  • Impact Assessment of Emerging Market Trends
    • Business and Technology Drivers
    • Technology Convergence and Greater Cross-industry Collaboration Will Spur Innovations
    • Innovations in Image Sensors, Miniaturization and Connectivity Are Important Trends Contributing to Product Innovation
    • Business and Technology Challenges
    • High Cost of Development, Regulatory Restrictions Are the Major Challenges to Market Entry
    • Technology Challenges Explained
    • Private Investment Spurs Innovation in Advanced Surgical Systems
    • Annual Public Funding in the US Averages $60 Million
    • Analysis of Recent NIH-Funded Projects Sheds Light on Hot Innovation Areas in IGS
    • Venture Funding in IGS Illustrates the Market Importance of the Technology
  • Innovation Snapshot of Image-guided Therapies
    • IGRT is Ideally Suited to Target and Treat Oncology
    • Elekta - Image-guided Radiotherapy Solutions and Brachytherapy for Gynecological and Brain Cancers
    • CyberKnife - Frameless Robotic Radiation Delivery by Accuray
    • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy From Varian Medical Systems
    • Sensus Healthcare - Superficial Radiation Therapy for Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer Therapy
  • Innovation Snapshot of Image-guided Surgeries
    • Brainlab - Optical and Electromagnetic Surgical Navigation
    • IntelliJoint Surgical - Optical Navigation Support for Orthopedic Procedures
    • Surgical Theater - 3D Visualization to Aid Surgical Navigation
    • Philips - Augmented Reality-Enabled Surgical Navigation
    • Verb Surgical - The Advent of Digital Surgery
  • Emerging Opportunities and Future of Image-guided Procedures
    • IGS and IGT Align Well with Global Megatrends, Technology Convergence and Find Applications Across Surgical Care
    • Five Major Growth Opportunities in the Field of IG Procedures
    • Key Critical Success Factors for the Future of Surgical Robots
  • IP Landscape Analysis
    • Innovative Technologies Available for Licensing
    • Image-guided Surgery - Regional IP Analysis
    • Image-guided Surgery - Top Assignees and Innovators
    • A Snapshot of Top Ranked Patents in the IGS Space
    • A Snapshot of Top Cited Patents in the IGS Space
    • A Snapshot of Most Patents in the IGS Space
  • Industry Contacts and References
    • Database of Key Industry Participants
    • Database of Key Industry Participants and References

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