Featuring a state-of-the-art technical platform, the Hôpital de La Tour validates its ambition in equipping its operating theatre with the new O-arm™ scanner, coupled with the latest-generation StealthStation S8 navigation system. This acquisition classifies the Hôpital de La Tour as the Swiss leader and among the first in Europe to deploy this innovation.

The O-arm™ is an "O"-shaped imaging device which maps the patient on the operating table and generates 3D-images during surgery. Connected to a surgical navigation system, it monitors the position of the instruments and the implants deployed by the surgeon during the operation in real time. Mainly applied in neurosurgery and orthopaedic surgery, in particular during spinal surgery, it provides increased levels of accuracy and efficiency during surgeries, offering the prospect of minimally invasive surgeries and enhancing the patient´s level of safety.

The new-generation O-arm™ was designed with state-of-the-art "green" and connected components, which enable the system functions to develop with future clinical advancements. With a more extensive image field and superior image quality, the O-arm™ can cover a wide range of surgeries, thus further increasing the accuracy and speed of the surgeon's performance. The new generation also features a new image-processing algorithm at low x-ray doses and a navigation system completely free of X-rays. This results in a significant decrease in irradiation for the patient, surgeon and all staff present during the surgery.

The new-generation O-arm™ and the new S8 navigation station were initially deployed on the 24th. of July of this year, during spinal surgery performed by Dr. Thierry Selz, an orthopaedic surgeon at the Hôpital de La Tour.