Frost & Sullivan Honors Mobius Imaging for Developing a Mobile 32-Slice CT Scanner, the Airo Mobile Intraoperative CT

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- Based on its recent analysis of the computed tomography (CT) imaging market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Mobius Imaging with the 2014 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation Leadership. Mobius Imaging's one-of-a-kind mobile 32-slice CT scanner with the industry's largest gantry opening, the Airo Mobile Intraoperative CT, is a breakthrough technology in the healthcare imaging industry.

A gantry opening of 107 cm allows the system to scan the patient in the treatment position. Its design combines a highly flexible detector with an extra-slim patented gantry (30.5 x 38 cm) that leads to a significantly smaller product footprint (1.5 m2). The fully integrated high-end Trumpf TruSystem 7500 surgical OR table column offers fixed correlation between patient and scanner, resulting in reproducible imaging.

"Although the size of the product has been reduced vastly, it still provides the same resolution as that of other large CT systems and performs the same tasks in a reduced time," said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Swathi Allada. "This system has been designed by compressing the power supply and cooling system so that it would require smaller tubes for emitting X-rays."

The Airo system operates on a standard power connection at one-phase 100-240V. The front-view camera helps ensure stress-free portability during the transportation of the system. The Airo handheld system pendant offers hassle-free movement and system maintenance, including room-to-room transport, daily calibration, and laser alignment during surgical procedures. The communication between Airo and Curve™ allows automatic image transfer to Brainlab image-guided surgery (IGS) systems along with synchronization of picture archiving and communication systems (PACS).

Airo makes high-quality imaging readily available and affordable to all hospitals and physicians. Its compactness makes it ideal for use in operating rooms (ORs), intensive care units (ICUs), and emergency care suites. It is highly versatile, and has found application in cranial, spine, trauma, and other surgical procedures. It also supports advanced minimally invasive surgery and is Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM)-compatible with most hospital PACS.

Mobius Imaging ensures that all of its product and service processes comply with the US FDA Quality System Regulation (QSR) 21 CFR Part 820 and with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 13485 certification for quality management. The products undergo testing at every stage of the development process, and the incoming parts' inspections are augmented at all levels to ensure the production of high-quality products.

"The company uses intelligent imaging technologies to develop novel products that are engineered to acclimatize to different care environments," noted Allada. "Mobius Imaging is aiming to establish a place in the advanced medical imaging market by improving the workflow and clinical decision-making, which will be beneficial to both patients and surgical teams."

Every year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed an innovative element in a product by leveraging leading-edge technologies. The award recognizes the value-added features/benefits of the product and the increased ROI it offers customers, which, in turn, increases customer acquisition and overall market penetration potential.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.

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