Airo TruCT is the only 32 slice Point-of-Care CT scanner that combines self propelled mobility with the world’s largest inner bore. This enables Airo to be utilized for a multitude of clinical procedures in the specialties of Neurosurgery, Point-of-Care Radiology and Radiation Oncology (Proton Therapy and Brachytherapy). Airo’s Point-of-Care imaging capability can reduce the need to send patients to radiology for initial or confirmatory CT. This can help minimize procedure time, enable increased procedural volume and help reduce risks associated with patient transport to/from Radiology.
Airo in Neurosurgery
CT data sets are consistently used in Neurosurgical applications including intracranial and spine surgery. Often, these data sets are sent to a navigation system using the DICOM communications protocol enabling precise, minimally invasive image guided procedures.
Airo enhances the precision of neuro-navigation by providing near real-time intraoperative imaging whenever it is required during a procedure. Brain shift during intracranial surgery and anatomical movement in spine surgery during hardware placement can reduce the accuracy of navigation systems. Airo intraoperative CT updates the image sets used for navigation, helping to maintain overall surgical accuracy.
Benefits in Neurosurgery
Portability. Airo’s self propelled transport mode and forward facing camera means the system can easily be moved into and out of the operating room. It can also be moved between multiple OR suites with little effort. Airo plugs into a standard wall power outlet.
Largest inner bore (107cm). Airo’s inner bore accommodates large patients and instrumentation during intraoperative imaging.
Compatibility with surgical navigation systems. Airo provides near real time updates for image guided surgery and can be used with any surgical navigation system that accepts sending CT image sets over a DICOM protocol.
Confirmatory CT scan. In-OR imaging enables confirmatory imaging before closing. This can eliminate the need to transport the patient to Radiology and may help reduce surgical revision rates.
Airo in Point-of-Care Radiology
Airo’s mobility enables it to be used anywhere point-of-care imaging is required in a clinical setting. This can include the emergency department, ICU and other locations where transporting a patient to radiology may increase clinical risk.
Airo Benefits in Radiology
Portability. Airo can easily be moved from between departments for wherever point-of-care imaging is needed. Airo charges using standard wall plug power.
Largest inner bore (107cm). Airo’s inner bore accommodates larger patients along with supporting hardware (IV lines, other instrumentation) required for patient stabilization.
Reduced time to imaging. Airo on demand, Point-of-Care CT can help minimize the amount of time delay for patients with urgent clinical needs to undergo CT scanning.
Airo in Proton Therapy
Interfraction imaging with Airo TruCT enables greater treatment accuracy in Proton Therapy procedures as the updated CT information reveals whether tissue structures have changed in size or location before the next treatment fraction. A change could mean that the target is not being fully treated or that healthy tissue structures are unnecessarily being subjected to proton radiation.
Benefits in Proton Therapy
Portability. Airo’s self propelled transport mode and forward facing camera means the system can easily be moved into and out of the Proton Therapy vault. It can also be moved between multiple vaults with little effort. Airo plugs into a standard wall power outlet.
Largest inner bore (107cm). Airo’s inner bore enables the patient to be positioned for CT scanning without having to leave the proton therapy treatment table. The treatment table is rotated 90 degrees for CT imaging and is accommodated, along with the patient, within the Airo inner bore. Not requiring the patient to transfer to another table for CT imaging maintains positioning accuracy throughout treatment.
Reduced treatment time. Airo on demand, Point-of-Care CT can help minimize the amount of time delay for patients requiring periodic interfraction CT imaging in Radiology.
Airo in Brachytherapy
Brachytherapy relies upon CT imaging to ensure that cannulas used to deliver the radiation seeds have not moved out of position. Standard workflow in HD Brachytherapy often requires that the patient be scheduled for a confirmatory CT scan in Radiology, possibly adding significant time to the procedure. Airo’s largest inner bore, point-of-care TruCT enables the patient to be scanned in the same position as the treatment, within the Brachytherapy suite. This helps reduce uncertainty associated with cannula movement and may contribute to reducing overall procedure time.
Benefits in Brachytherapy
Portability. Airo can easily be moved into and out of the Brachytherapy suite. It can also be moved between multiple suites with little effort as it is self-propelled. Airo plugs into standard wall power outlet.
Largest inner bore (107cm). Airo’s inner bore can accommodate the patient while in the treatment position. For HD Brachytherapy in prostate cancer treatment, this means the patient can remain in the lithotomy position for both CT imaging and treatment. This helps minimize possible catheter movement and may result in higher treatment accuracy.
Reduced treatment time. Airo minimizes the need to schedule and send the patient to Radiology for confirmatory CT imaging. This can potentially save hours of procedural time which may enable the patient to go home the same day as well as increase overall daily patient volume.