FDA clears Brainlab's Loop-X mobile imaging robot, Cirq robotic surgical system

Brainlab announced Monday that it received FDA clearance for both the Cirq robotic alignment module for spine procedures and Loop-X, which the company said is the first fully robotic mobile intraoperative imaging device on the US market.

Company president Sean Clark stated "we're expanding and diversifying our digital surgery portfolio with robotics across all indications," adding that "our customers want to offer their patients advanced technologies close to home."

Loop-X, unveiled in 2019, works "seamlessly" with Brainlab's digital surgery portfolio or with a customer's existing surgical setup, the company said. The mobile imaging robot comes with independently moving imaging source and detector panels to achieve flexible patient positioning and non-isocentric imaging, reducing the amount of radiation exposure and increasing the variety of treatment indications, it added. The system can be controlled wirelessly with a touchscreen tablet.

Meanwhile, Brainlab gained the Cirq platform for robotic tasks through its acquisition of Medineering in 2019. According to the company, the Cirq robotic alignment module is capable of "fine tuning" the alignment to a pre-planned trajectory and freeing up a surgeon's hands to focus on patient anatomy.

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