In scan mode, the base is lowered onto the ground by retracting the casters in the support base. The Ring is rotated 90 degrees perpendicular to the base. In scan mode, all functionality other than transport is available to the user, such as patient loading, system positioning, image acquisition, and image processing. The Pendant provides a user interface which enables viewing and manipulation of stored images from the patient database. Images can be archived to a USB digital storage media or pushed to a PACS or a navigation system through DICOM protocol.
In transport mode the Ring is aligned with the base, and the entire system is powered from a battery pack located on the Ring. In this mode, Airo can be driven and positioned by the control Pendant attached to one side of the Gimbal. Moving the Airo typically requires only a single person even when taking the system up or down a ramp. However, a second person may act as a spotter in busy or crowded hallways. Once the Airo has been moved to the desired location (for storage or scanning), it is then plugged into a standard power outlet for recharging.
Size and mobility
Weight of 816 kg (1800 lbs) + optional column 159 kg (350 lbs)
Airo contains a powered-drive system that can transport at a fixed rate of approximately 1 mph in the forward direction and 0.5 mph in the reverse direction.