Brainlab's Cirq® surgeon-controlled robotic arm has now been used in more than 50 procedures in the U.S. The system is designed to increase precision in navigating complex spinal procedures.
The robotic arm weighs 22 pounds and mounts directly onto any standard O.R. table. The surgeon then controls and positions the arm, which, once aligned to the planned trajectory, provides a channel for drilling and pedicle screw placement. The technology works with an intraoperative AIRO CT scanner.
Previously, a patient would have imaging scans done after the surgery was complete. Use of the scanner allows surgeons to immediately correct problems during the procedure, obviating the need for a second surgical procedure.
The Cirq arm can be used for cases that involve instrumentation, or implants such as rods, screws, plates, cages or interbody devices. The technology will eventually be used to assist with brain surgeries.
Brainlab’s Cirq Robotics gained FDA 510(k) clearance for use in spinal applications in 2019.