Vascular Surgeons at Penn Medicine are now using Fiber Optic RealShape (FORS), a recently FDA-approved alternative guidance system, for minimally invasive endovascular aortic surgery. FORS is a unique advance in that it permits real-time, high-fidelity 3D intraoperative visualization of devices inside the body in the near absence of radiation.
Related Links: See Dr. Schneider's physician profile today is a really exciting day. We're introducing a new image guidance system that really is revolutionary today. We're doing what's called a complex endovascular aortic aneurysm repair. Typically we do that using X ray guidance. But now we have very exciting new imaging technology called fours fiber optic real shape technology. It allows us to navigate our devices inside the body and see them without using X ray so we can protect the patient and the staff from radiation exposure looks like we can cut it down to about 1/5 of what the dosage typically is for a case like this and we can still see where our catheters and guide wires are in three dimensions in time on the screen, in front of us as we're working. The procedure itself went very well. The four has definitely helped, but this is just the beginning. We're scratching the surface with fours, there's only gonna be additional catheter shapes and sizes that are going to be introduced, different guide wires that have different properties. So we'll have a much larger tool set in the future and I think that we'll be able to do things like what we did today. But even better this is paradigm shifting technology. The future is bright