Ascension to unveil microBIRD at MICAAI

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Ascension Technology of Burlington, Vt., will introduce microBIRD, a new 3D measurement device that tracks the location of instruments inside and outside the human body, at the Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention Conference (MICAAI) in Saint-Malo, France, September 26th to 30th.

According to Ascension, microBIRD measures the six degrees-of-freedom location of one or more sensors -- 1.8 mm wide and smaller -- for applications in medical imaging.

Early adapters of the technology are using it for measuring the position and orientation of objects in real time, locating tips of instruments in 3D space, guiding flexible tools, such as scopes, to internal targets and Controlling catheters in computer-assisted procedures and robotics.