The remote control unit enables the users to robotically insert and steer instruments by using the XACT ACE Robotic System directly from the control room


The XACT ACE Xtend Remote Control Unit. (Credit: Business Wire)

XACT Robotics has secured clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its ACE Xtend Remote Control Unit, designed to control the XACT ACE Robotic System remotely.

The remote control unit enables users to robotically insert and steer instruments using the XACT ACE Robotic System directly from the control room.

XACT Robotics has designed this first-of-its-kind capability for CT-guided percutaneous treatments.

According to the firm, the system is intended to enhance physician workflows while lowering radiation exposure for physicians and reducing physical strain.

XACT Robotics CEO Shai Meltzer said: “The XACT ACE Robotic System has already allowed users to make percutaneous procedures, such as ablations, drainages and biopsies, more accurate, consistent and efficient.

“The addition of ACE Xtend has the potential to further increase efficiencies for the care team with a streamlined workflow that helps reduce the time in which physicians and other users are exposed to harmful radiation during standard procedures.”

The company claimed that its XACT ACE Robotic System is the first and only technology to combine image-based planning and monitoring with S-Drive technology. This combination allows the system to quickly adapt from a linear to a non-linear trajectory by using robotic instrument insertion and steering during interventional percutaneous procedures, said XACT Robotics.

It sends the instruments precisely to the predetermined targets. Based on data from the company’s clinical tests for biopsy operations, the system delivered a 1.7mm tip to target average accuracy upon the first insertion, the company said.

XACT Robotics medical affairs vice president Jeffrey Solomon said: “Interventional radiology is among the medical specialties that are facing a physician shortage in the coming years and technologies that can improve their efficiencies are crucial.

“By equipping different users with tools that can standardize the procedure and potentially shorten procedure times, we can maximize the number of patients they see and help to mitigate the gap between the patient population and the physician population.”