SAN FRANCISCO & PARIS--(SpineGuard has disclosed to START-UP Magazine that the Company is considering new applications beyond spine surgery for its breakthrough PediGuard® platform. The Company is miniaturizing PediGuard’s sensor to expand its array of tips in spine and position itself to address trauma, hip revision, craniomaxillofacial (CMF) and dental applications, where there are similar safety concerns about the placement of screws in bony structures.)--
“Reduction in Radiation [Fluoroscopy] While Maintaining Safe Placement of Pedicle Screws During Lumbar Spine Fusion”
Also this month, clinical data published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Spine demonstrates that the PediGuard® device reduces spine surgeons’ radiation exposure from fluoroscopy by 30% while maintaining a 97.5% accurate placement of pedicle screws during lumbar spine fusion. Principal investigator for the study (“Reduction in Radiation [Fluoroscopy] While Maintaining Safe Placement of Pedicle Screws During Lumbar Spine Fusion”) was Christopher D. Chaput, M.D., Director of Spinal Trauma and Orthopedic Research at Scott & White Hospital, Temple, Texas; and, Assistant Professor of Surgery at Texas A&M Health Science Center.
Co-founded in 2009 by Pierre Jérôme and Stéphane Bette, former executives at Medtronic Sofamor-Danek and SpineVision, SpineGuard’s primary objective is to establish its FDA-cleared and CE Marked PediGuard® device as the global standard of care for safer pedicle screw placement in spine surgery.
About the PediGuard® platform
Co-invented by Maurice Bourlion, Ph.D., Ciaran Bolger, M.D., Ph.D., and Alain Vanquaethem, Biomedical Engineer, PediGuard is the world’s first and only handheld device capable of alerting surgeons to potential pedicular or vertebral breaches. Real-time feedback is provided via audio and visual signals. More than 20,000 procedures have been performed with PediGuard on all continents. Several studies published in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals have demonstrated that PediGuard presents an average accuracy of 97%, doubles the pedicle breach-detection rate, limits radiation exposure by up to 73%, decreases by 15% the average time for pedicle screw placement and provides a 3-fold reduction in neuro-monitoring events.
SpineGuard’s mission is to make spine surgery safer. The company has offices in San Francisco and Paris. For further information, visit www.spineguard.com.