Pr. Alban Denys - CHUV Lausanne, Switzerland
"Imactis is used in my centre on a daily basis. It is particularly useful for out-of-plane access to deeply located lesions like adrenal tumors or liver lesions located under the dome. It is extremely user-friendly, easy to manage and simple both for the nurses and technicians in my angio lab and for residents rotating every 3-6 months. It has a great potential in the future for complex treatment planning in ablation procedures."
Pr. Eric de Kerviler - APHP, Saint-Louis Hospital, France
"The holy grail in CT-guided procedures is to be able to reach any target lesion quickly and safely. The IMACTIS system is a very powerful tool as it allows to plan complex trajectories and determine the entry point of the needle simultaneously. Intra-procedurally, the system is particularly efficient in difficult cases for which a double oblique trajectory is mandatory, even with target near the diaphragm. For every procedure, the system also reduces the number of control scans, and therefore maintains the radiation as low a dose as possible for both patients and radiologists."
Dr. Marco J.L. van Strijen, St. Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands
"As an experienced user of different needle guiding and navigation systems including robotic assistance for nearly 10 years I know about the requisites for a good navigation system: quick and easy to use, reliable and accurate all the time. The Imactis system does an excellent job in providing this. With very few training one is capable of using this system quickly in CT guided needle interventions, with intuitive guiding and very few controls. Anyone with the ability to test it for only one procedure will immediately acknowledge the great benefit of this system. And I am convinced this system will take CT guided interventions now and maybe CBCT guided interventions in the near future to a completely different level, with accurate and short procedure times."
Dr. Else Merete Ebbensgaard, Region Hospital, Holstebro, Denmark
"At the Regionhospital in Holstebro, Denmark, we are using IMACTIS CT-NAVIGATION product since April 2015. At that time, we have performed more than 500 lung interventions and also multiple biopsies of bones, kidneys, liver, adrenal glands and retroperitoneal lymph nodes and abdominal and thoracic drainages. Compared to our prior method we have experienced with IMACTIS CT-NAVIGATION:
- Better precision, we can hit targets as small as 7 mm in lungs
- Quick biopsies
- Imactis is less sensitive to patient motion
- The possibility to choose a safer path that can be out of the axial plane
- Fewer complications
All radiologists in Holstebro prefer IMACTIS CT-NAVIGATION when doing CT-biopsies."
Pr. Ivan Bricault - Grenoble Hospital, France
"The IMACTIS navigation station provides valuable assistance by increasing the accuracy and reducing the number of control scans. It would be difficult for me to imagine completing certain complex interventions (double-oblique trajectories for example) without the safety and comfort provided by the IMACTIS station. The system's ease-of-use has also helped less experienced radiologists to become acquainted with CT-guided interventions; these radiologists would have been reluctant to perform procedures without the assistance of navigation."
Dr. Christian Sengel - Grenoble Hospital, France
"I personally use the IMACTIS navigation assistance for a year. I am an interventional radiologist specialized in pelvic and abdominal cancers treatment. For me, the greatest impact of the system is for percutaneous thermal ablations (radiofrequency, microwave and cryoablation) particularly for both deep and mobile nodules, like the nodules of the Couinaud segment 7. The IMACTIS system makes you considerably more accurate at the first punctions. This means reducing the number of CT scan controls, not using fluoroscanner, having fewer complications in the trajectory and delivering treatment with more precision (therefore reducing recurrences). Even though in theory the system does not take internal breathing movements into account, the radiologist can move into the acquired volume dynamically, see the shifting of the image of interest and easily extrapolate to obtain the exact path to the target."
Dr. Xavier Cazals - Tours Hospital, France
"In my opinion, the IMACTIS system is very interesting because it reliably guides the radiologist in the three dimensions and in real time, therefore avoiding successive controls, and allowing oblique trajectories which are usually difficult to perform during CT-guided procedures (since the scanner ring has a limited tilt). As soon as the system becomes used routinely a lot of time is saved for spinal biopsies, as this system supplements the traditional procedure method (including the acquisition of 4 slices with fluoroscopy)."