Castelein and Poelstra join board MRIguidance

MRIguidance to strengthen its position in the field of spine and orthopedic surgery with appointment of renowned surgeons on its board.

Utrecht, March 26th, 2021 – Professor René Castelein and dr. Kornelis Poelstra have joined the medical advisory board of MRIguidance. In this position they will assist the team with their experience and network to successfully roll out MRIguidance’ product BoneMRI in the field of spine and orthopedic surgery in both the EU and the US. BoneMRI has recently been granted access to the EU market with its CE certification and is currently under review for FDA approval in the US.

Prof. Castelein is a professor of orthopedic surgery and former chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery at the University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands. He is internationally renowned for his work on idiopathic scoliosis. Castelein has been involved with the team at MRIguidance from the invention of BoneMRI. “Since I first saw the earliest BoneMRI images, I was convinced that this would have a big impact on orthopedics” says Castelein. “Having all necessary information in one imaging modality without exposing my patients to radiation is a game changer.”

As founder of the Robotic Spine Institutes of Las Vegas and Silicon Valley, Dr. Poelstra is the world’s most experienced surgeon in the field of robotic spine procedures. Besides being an outstanding surgeon, dr. Poelstra is an innovator and has brought many advancements in the spinal care field. Poelstra: “With BoneMRI, the efficacy of the pre-planning process directly on my synthetic CT derived from the MRI, without having to acquire a separate Spine-CT for my robotic reconstruction cases is greatly improved. It reduces table time and radiation and many risks associated with even the most complex spinal surgery. I am very excited to be part of this evolution.” Dr. Poelstra has been living and working in the US since 1998.

“The clinical experience and the vision of doctor Poelstra and professor Castelein is a great asset to our team” says Roel Raatgever, CEO of MRIguidance. “I am very proud that we have been able to attract surgeons of such a stature for our medical advisory board. This will help us greatly in achieving our goals and helping patients and doctors worldwide.” Besides the Netherlands, MRIguidance launched BoneMRI recently in Belgium and is working to make it available in other countries in Europe and in the US.

From left to right: BoneMRI for scoliosis in 14 year old patient & BoneMRI for hip dysplasia in 15 year old patient

BoneMRI as a seamless scalable cloud solution

MRIguidance remains committed to pushing the boundaries of medical imaging, ensuring patients receive the best care possible while equipping healthcare providers with the tools they need. This latest version further reduces lead times for product upgrades, such as additional scanner support or improved reconstruction algorithms, without interrupting the day-to-day clinical use. With its scalable cloud infrastructure, it supports parallel reconstructions of large volumes of BoneMRI imaging studies, increasing capacity with respect to local infrastructure.