Presentation of robotic applications of SpineGuard’s DSG® technology in three scientific papers at the Robotic and Digitally Assisted Surgery (CRAS) conference

PARIS & BOULDER, Colorado, May 04, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory News:

SpineGuard (FR0011464452 – ALSGD, PEA-PME eligible), an innovative company that deploys its digital technology for real-time surgical guidance (DSG) to secure and simplify the placement of bone implants, announces that teams of researchers presented three articles during of the CRAS conference on April 25 and 26, 2022, in Naples, Italy, reporting on the progress made in the robotic application of DSG technology.

Stéphane Bette, co-founder and Deputy CEO of SpineGuard, declares : “The acceptance of these articles within the framework of a reference conference is a new validation by the scientific community of the interest and the feasibility of using DSG to improve the functionalities of surgical robots in orthopedics. It also testifies to the richness of our collaboration with ISIR and hospital practitioners, which is continuing with satisfaction. We are also delighted with the publication of the results of the first collection of tissue electrical conductivity data from a series of patients initiated at the end of 2020 thanks to DSG-Connect. The analysis of this data constitutes a great added value, both in the field of robotics to assist surgeons and in that of measuring bone quality to help treat patients during and after surgery.”

DSG is based on the measurement of local electrical conductivity of tissues in real time and without X-rays, with a sensor placed at the tip of the drilling tool. Its effectiveness is proven by more than 85,000 surgeries worldwide and 19 scientific publications. Since 2017, SpineGuard has been collaborating with ISIR (Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics) of Sorbonne University, CNRS and INSERM, to apply DSG to surgical robots to improve their safety, precision and autonomy.

CRAS (Conference on New Technologies for Computer and Robot Assisted Surgery), created in 2011, has become one of the most recognized scientific conferences in Europe and worldwide in the field of robotic surgery. Its objectives, in a context where many technologies applicable to robotics are slow to make their way to operating theaters, are to strengthen collaboration between research groups, improve efficiency and reduce development times until when placing on the market.

Three different papers were presented at the CRAS conference:

1. The first, presented in plenary session, is the result of collaboration between ISIR, Hôpital Trousseau in Paris and SpineGuard. Entitled “Toward automatic bone breach detection for spine surgery using tissue bio-electrical conductivity sensing”it presents the results of the first intraoperative data collection of DSG electrical conductivity of tissues during pedicle piercings in a series of patients with scoliosis.

2. The second, presented as a poster and entitled “Automatic bone breach detection for spine surgery based on bio-electrical conductivity sensing: Ex-vivo experimental validationpresents the results of the detection of the bone breach and the automatic stoppage of a vertebral drilling performed by a robot.

3. The third, also in poster form, titled “Force control of the KUKA LBR Med without external force sensor” focuses on a specific servo that allows the robot to optimize the use of DSG to detect the breach, and to follow the respiratory movement of the patient during the drilling.

These two posters and the algorithms described are the fruit of the collaboration between SpineGuard and ISIR. This work has benefited, in part, from funding from the Horizon 2020 innovation and research program of the European Community, as part of the FAROS project (Functional Accurate RObotic Surgery) agreement N°101016985.

About SpineGuard®

Founded in 2009 by Pierre Jérôme and Stéphane Bette, based in Paris and Boulder in the United States, SpineGuard is an innovative company that deploys its DSG® digital technology for real-time surgical guidance without X-rays to secure and simplify the placement of bone implants. The company designs, develops and markets worldwide innovative medical devices used in more than 85,000 surgeries to date. Numerous scientific studies, including 19 published in leading medical journals, have established the reliability and precision of DSG® technology and its many benefits for patients, surgeons, hospital staff and healthcare systems. Building on these fundamentals and strategic partnerships, SpineGuard is extending the applications of its DSG® technology to innovations such as the “intelligent” pedicle screw, the DSG Connect visualization and recording interface, surgical robotics and dental implantology. . DSG® was invented by Maurice Bourlion, Dr Ciaran Bolger and Alain Vanquaethem, the company has been labeled an “innovative company” by Bpifrance since 2009 and is committed to a CSR approach.

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