KALAMAZOO (WWJ) — Minneapolis-based Imris Inc. and Kalamazoo’s Stryker Corp. announced a non-exclusive collaboration between Stryker’s automatic image registration for spinal and cranial navigated procedures and Imris’ Visius CT and MRI surgical suites.

The Imris systems bring the scanner into the operating room rather than requiring the surgeon to bring the patient to the scanner.

Imris’ Visius Surgical Theatre is a multi-room suite incorporating diagnostic quality high-field MR, CT and angio technology in the operating room setting. Visius Surgical Theatres serve the neurosurgical, spinal, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular markets and have been selected by 54 leading medical institutions around the world.

This collaboration is focused on improving surgical precision, streamlining workflows and increasing visualization. The combined solution will support the growing trend toward minimally invasive spinal and cranial approaches that spare healthy tissue, reduce pain, and speed recovery for patients.

“Having these tools work together is an exciting opportunity for surgeons utilizing intraoperative CT and MRI in our Visius Surgical Theatres,” said Imris president and CEO Jay D. Miller. “This open platform collaboration aligns squarely with our goal of providing state-of-the-art imaging at the point of therapy.”

Added Stryker Navigation general manager Jim Marucci: “We are excited to partner with Imris to bring streamlined surgical solutions into integrated CT and MRI capable operating rooms. Imris shares our open platform philosophy and we believe that through this partnership we will improve the surgeon experience.”

Stryker’s products include reconstructive, medical and surgical, and neurotechnology and spine products to help people lead more active and more satisfying lives. For more information about Stryker, visit http://www.stryker.com.

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