Another spine robot wins FDA clearance


Fusion Robotics is the latest device company to receive FDA clearance for a spine robot.

The Fusion Robotics System, a 3D imaging navigation and robotic targeting system for spine surgery, received the all-clear to be marketed in the U.S., the company announced Feb. 25.

The system is designed to improve spine procedural efficiency "with significantly less expense," compared to currently available robotic systems, according to Fusion Robotics.

"Since the introduction of robotics in spine surgery, the questions of economics and efficiency have hindered the widespread adoption of this technology," said Kevin Foley, MD, chief medical officer of the company.

"With this clearance, and the rapid development of our fluoroscopy-integrated system, we're working quickly towards making robotics available to many more surgeons, in a form better suited to their practices."

Fusion Robotics said it will commercialize the system in the U.S. throughout 2021.

Earlier in February, the FDA approved two Brainlab surgical robots: the Loop-X Mobile Imaging Robot and Cirq, a robotic surgical system for spine procedures.

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