The academic medical center has acquired Modus V connected neurosurgery system, which offers visual accuracy during surgery and advances minimally invasive cranial and spine procedures.

Modus V, which is an automated robotic arm with high-powered digital microscope, offers a clear view of patient anatomy.

The next-generation robotic system enables surgeons to carry out less invasive procedures with more precision. It will also allow surgeries that were previously deemed inoperable in some cranial cases.

Synaptive Medical CEO Peter Wehrly said: “Duke is a storied leader in the medical field, including in minimally invasive cranial surgery.

“They have a long history of neurosurgical innovation and thought leadership, and we are proud to see our devices and software made available to their team as they provide patients with best-in-class care.”

The academic medical center has also invested in Synaptive’s BrightMatter integrated surgical platform, in a bid to advance its surgical capabilities.

BrightMatter Plan is said to automate the generation of brain tractography imaging, which maps the sensitive white matter tracts that control sight, mobility and other functions in the body.

This functionality provides surgeons with a dynamic 3D visualization of the brain, which may allow for less invasive surgery and potentially safer surgical routes.

Duke’s Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, is expertise in surgical care and research, and treats around 700 patients per year.

Duke Cancer Center neurosurgeon and minimally invasive neurosurgery program head Dr Patrick Codd said: “Among many things, the future for neurosurgery includes the study of the effective use of technology to automate existing manual processes and explore the benefits of adopting robotics solutions that have the potential to result in these procedures being less traumatic for patients and more precise.”

Based in Toronto, Synaptive Medical is a medical device and technology firm that provides integrated BrightMatter solutions, including surgical planning, navigation and visualization.