Med Design

Key Considerations for Electromagnetic Sensors for Surgical Navigation

As clinicians increasingly rely on electromagnetic surgical navigation, strategic sensor decisions can be the difference between device failure and market success. Learn more in this MD&O article by Intricon’s Trent Birkholz and Sam Puent.

Excerpt from the article:

Though fluoroscopy has long been the standard in surgical navigation, it subjects clinicians and patients to undesirable X-ray exposure, has limitations for procedures with certain imaging needs (3D), and has some reliance on radiopaque material design attributes.

Electromagnetic navigation (EMN) is a proven alternative that provides precision location without radiation risks and is being considered for more widespread use.

As EMN gains traction, the importance of electromagnetic sensors in medical devices is clear. Choosing a sensor that optimizes performance, cost, and manufacturability is paramount, so manufacturers need to carefully evaluate which features their surgical navigation systems demand to achieve clinical and market success.