Cbyon's surgical guidance tool on the rise to become standard for minimally invasive procedures

Palo Alto 14 May 2001Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) has purchased the Cbyon Suite, making it the first Southern California health care provider to adopt the state-of-the-art surgical image guidance system. The Cbyon Suite is designed to enable minimally invasive surgery and help health care providers offer improved patient care at reduced costs. CHOC joins a number of leading surgical facilities across the United States which currently utilise the system, including Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona; the Cleveland Clinic Foundation; Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School; and Stanford University.

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"With Cbyon Suite, we believe surgeons at the Children's Hospital of Orange County will be much better equipped to perform delicate paediatric surgeries in a minimally invasive manner, since they now have unprecedented views into a patient's anatomy", explained Dr. William Loudon, a paediatric neurosurgeon at CHOC. "Initially, we see the Cbyon Suite providing tremendous clinical value in the realm of neuro-surgery and expect it will be rapidly adopted into other specialities. The system offers real time, 3D tracking of patient anatomy with surgical tools, enabling surgeons to perform routine procedures with a greater confidence and to better tackle the most challenging surgeries."

Cbyon has equally introduced the system to ear, nose, and throat surgeons (ENTs) at the Combined Otolaryngological Spring Meetings (COSM), in Palm Desert, California. ENT surgeons perform more than 200.000 sinus surgeries annually in the United States. Since sinus surgery has unique technical demands, the company has optimised the Cbyon Suite for the special needs of sinus surgeons. Cbyon Suite includes integrated tools as well as image filters that have been developed specifically for endoscopic sinus surgery as well as other sinus procedures, including tumour resection, endoscopic optic nerve decompression, and skull base repair.

"Cbyon's method of creating an anatomically-specific virtual patient enables me to effectively plan my procedures and have confidence when identifying critical structures intra-operatively", stated Dr. Martin Citardi, an otolaryngologist at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders. "Further, I have performed more than 50 procedures with the Cbyon Suite, and I appreciate the intuitive user interface and the system's simple, accurate registration, which helps me effectively navigate the surgical field. This is paramount in a speciality where accuracy is vital."

The Cbyon Suite is currently optimised for neuro-surgery, sinus surgeries, and spinal surgeries. In the future, the Cbyon Suite will have application for a broader array of procedures, including soft tissue biopsies and cardiac, gastro-intestinal, and gynaecologic surgeries. "This is an exciting time for Cbyon. We are receiving significant interest from hospitals seeking to incorporate the technology across surgical specialities. Ultimately, our goal is to establish the Cbyon Suite as the care standard for all minimally invasive surgeries, contributing to the overall effort to streamline the surgical process and improve patient care", stated Mitchell Seyedin, Ph.D., president and CEO of Cbyon Inc.

Based on advanced, patented technologies called Perspective Volumetric Navigation and Image Enhanced Endoscopy, the Cbyon Suite is an image-guided surgery system that enables intuitive, dynamic 3D visualisation of patient-specific anatomy and the synchronisation of such 3D data with intra-operative data, such as endoscopic images. Physicians use the Cbyon Suite pre-, intra- and post-operatively to better identify and treat pathology, and evaluate the treatment results.

California-based Cbyon Inc. is a medical technology company that develops and manufactures software enabling surgeons to apply minimally invasive techniques to a variety of surgical procedures. The company's first product is the Cbyon Suite, which has received 510(k) clearance by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Cbyon is a privately funded company. More news on the Cbyon Suite is available in this very issue's VMW article Cbyon Suite turns patient's inner body structures transparent to the surgeon's eye.


Leslie Versweyveld

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