Lazurite and Minnetronix Medical have announced that the ArthroFree Wireless Surgical Camera System has achieved its final major milestone on the way to market: its first successful human use and the completion of its transfer to manufacturing.
The companies said ArthroFree is the first wireless surgical camera system to receive FDA market clearance for arthroscopy and general endoscopy.
Lazurite worked with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Laith Jazrawi at NYU Langone Orthopedic Center to perform the first surgery using the ArthroFree wireless camera on September 13. In the coming weeks, additional surgeries will be performed at NYU Langone and other leading orthopedic centers using the system, which enables real-time, high-quality images without the intrusion of cords. Minnetronix, which specializes in designing, developing, manufacturing, and commercializing complex optical systems, scaled the manufacturing of ArthroFree from early pilot builds to market-ready production at its expanded New Product Introduction facility.
The camera is another ‘first’ from the Minnetronix optics team, which specializes in designing, developing, manufacturing, and commercializing complex optical systems. The Minnetronix team was integral to reducing latency and enhancing image quality for the ArthroFree System, including development of an innovative image signal processing chain, the path an image takes to travel from initial capture on a sensor to a screen. Minnetronix also aided in development of the device’s light engine and mastered the production of its complex handpiece, increasing production speed and efficiency by developing a modular strategy of batch assembling subassemblies and finishing assembly inside a clean room.