Fiber Optic Shape and Localization Sensors Enhance Non-Robotic Applications

Hansen Medical, a provider of robotic technology that is used in three dimensional control of catheter movement, has signed a sub-licensing agreement to permit Philips to sell Hansen’s fiber optic shape sensing and localization technology deployed in non-robotic applications.

FOSSL is a disruptive visualization technology using a fiber optic sensor that lets surgeons see the shape and position of catheters and other tools generally deployed in surgeries involving minimum incisions efficiently. It helps surgeons get a three dimensional view of the tools and operating area without needing an x-ray. Hansen is developing the technology in collaboration with Luna Innovations.

The agreement will allow Philips to have exclusive commercialization rights over the technology for use in non- robotic vascular endoluminal and orthopedic areas. Most surgeries these days are conducted with minimal incisions, making it crucial for surgeons to understand the shape and the exact place of the instruments they are using. This technology greatly minimizes the risk of radiation, which increases efficiency in patient care, thus reducing patient cost.

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