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da Vinci's Latest Enhancement

Mon, 08/23/2010 - 7:35am

Novadaq Technologies, Inc. a developer of real-time imaging systems for use in the operating room, announced today that it has completed the final design review for the integration of the company's SPY imaging technology into the 3-D high definition imaging capabilities of the da Vinci Surgical Robotic System.

Novadaq also announced that it has received the second $500,000 of the final $1 million milestone payment from Intuitive Surgical. Under terms of the two companies agreement, Novadaq will manufacture and supply the key components required to enable fluorescence imaging with da Vinci during robotic surgery.

Novadaq’s primary core technology platform, SPY Imaging, provides anatomic and physiologic images during a variety of complex open and minimally invasive surgical (MIS) procedures. SPY empowers surgeons to more effectively treat vascular blockages, assess tissue perfusion, identify cancerous tumors and visualize relevant lymph nodes for removal.

More than 40 peer-reviewed publications demonstrate that SPY imaging can lead to fewer post-operative complications and reduced hospital costs. The endoscopic SPY system and scope combines all of the capabilities of SPY imaging with the high definition white light visualization offered by conventional endoscopes. The company's key markets include reconstructive, gastrointestinal, cardiac and general surgery.

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