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AI adds support to Predictive and Procedural Surgery

Aug 25 2023

Cloud-based surgical software company Cydar Medical (UK), has announced the successful treatment of the first patient in a strategic collaboration with Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology, services and solutions. The collaboration spans 40 sites across the United States, UK and Europe and aims to improve patient care and the efficiency of medical professionals through application of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions in the clinical environment.

The first patient in the pilot program was treated at Edward Hospital, in Illinois by vascular and endovascular surgeon, Dr George Pontikis, MD.

Cydar Maps, the first product from the Cambridge, UK-based company’s AI technology platform, is designed to simplify complexities clinicians face when undertaking image-guided minimally invasive surgery (“MIS”) by generating a 3D map of patient soft tissue to support and integrate pre-operative planning, intra-operative guidance and post-operative review of endovascular MIS. This approach has been shown to offer a number of benefits, including halving the radiation exposure for patients and the clinical team, simplifying the clinical workflow and increasing clinician confidence, which in turn can significantly reduce procedure times1-3.The pilot program is also expected to inform the platform’s on-going development, which will include predictive analytics to support optimised procedure planning based on the use of AI to compare patient anatomy and procedure outcomes from a global data set.

Dr Pontikis said: “This cutting-edge technology empowers us with the ability to navigate complex vascular procedures with greater precision- ensuring optimal outcomes for our patients. We are honoured to be a part of this innovative program and are eager to contribute to the advancement of endovascular aortic surgery.”

Paul Mussenden, Chief Executive Officer of Cydar Medical commented: "This is an important milestone for Cydar, to be working with Medtronic to accelerate the adoption of our AI-solution by the global endovascular community. The goal is to provide clinicians with a more predictable and efficient way to perform minimally invasive image-guided procedures. We look forward to supporting the treatment of additional patients across the planned 40 sites and to continue the introduction of the exciting product developments we have planned over the course of the year ahead.”


1. Shortell C, Veith Symposium New York, 2017

2. Southerland et al. Image-Based Three-Dimensional Fusion Computed Tomography Decreases Radiation Exposure, Fluoroscopy Time, and Procedure Time During Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair. Journal of Vascular Surgery Abstracts e61. Volume 67, Number 6

3. Blandine et al. A prospective observational trial of fusion imaging in infrarenal aneurysms J Vasc Surg. 2018 Dec;68(6):1706-1713.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2018.04.015. Epub 2018 May 24.

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