Brainlab unveiled Loop-X™, reportedly the first mobile intraoperative imaging robot, designed for use in all spine procedures.
Loop-X forms the core of the Brainlab Digital Surgery portfolio for the spinal market, designed to provide a new benchmark in automation and robotics for advanced care and improved patient outcomes.
Loop-X robotic architecture automates imaging workflow steps and robotically moves with the procedure and on command, in sync with robotic arms and the surgeon/staff. It supports the imaging of structures that are much larger (e.g. in diameter) and much smaller, reducing radiation exposure vs. typical CT or 3D C-arms. The device provides 2D and 3D imaging in ultra-high resolution with extra-low doses. The imaging robot can be used with Brainlab technology or third-party products through an open interface.
Its compact footprint enables a simplified fit into existing surgical suites, and a wireless tablet eliminates the monitor cart and brings control to the sterile field.
“For Brainlab, Loop-X is a critical milestone in contributing disruptive innovations in spinal surgery,” said Stefan Vilsmeier, President and Chief Executive Officer, Brainlab. “It provides us with an even stronger foundation for leveraging emerging technologies such as AI, big data, cloud computing, augmented reality and spatial computing.”
Beyond diagnostic imaging, the device can capture partial information, digitizing anatomical intraoperative changes to update a “digital model” of the patient previously generated by aggregating pre-operative images.
Loop-X technology complements Elements Surgical Planning, Curve and Kick navigation and Cirq Robotics, the latter of which recently received FDA 510(k) clearance for use in spinal applications. The Cirq surgical robot is designed to optimize spinal fusion by freeing up the surgeon’s hands during procedures.
Loop-X was developed by medPhoton in partnership with Brainlab, which co-funded development, strategically invested in medPhoton and serves as the exclusive distributor of the Loop-X imaging robot. The two entities will continue to collaborate on technological synergies for the future.