Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center will be the first in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region and second in the state to use Synaptive’s Modus V™. The next-generation robotic imaging technology sets the new standard for visual accuracy during surgery and may allow for less invasive cranial and spine procedures.

“Bon Secours DePaul is a state leader in minimally invasive surgery, and we are excited to have them acquire our groundbreaking technology to continue that tradition, and even more importantly to continue to improve health outcomes for their patients,” said Peter Wehrly, Synaptive’s CEO.

Synaptive Medical describes Modus V as a surgical robotic arm with high-powered digital microscope that provides an unprecedented view of patient anatomy using the most powerful optics available on the market today. Bringing robotics technology originally developed for the International Space Station into the operating room, Modus V allows surgeons to perform less invasive procedures with more precision and may allow surgery in cases previously deemed inoperable.

Bon Secours DePaul has also acquired Synaptive’s BrightMatter™ platform, which transforms imaging, surgical planning and patient data collection from disjointed analog methods to a fully integrated digital solution with navigation, automation and state-of-the-art optics.

Joseph Koen, MD, a board-certified neurosurgeon and specialist in minimally invasive surgery with Neurosurgical Specialists comments, “The advancements of Modus V and BrightMatter let us see the surgical regions, such as the brain and spine, with an unprecedented level of detail using imaging processes that were once manual.”  He added, “This change means going into the operating room with the plan and information I need to provide the best possible care for my patients.”

Bon Secours DePaul is part of the Bon Secours Virginia Health System and is known for using leading-edge technologies and advances in minimally invasive surgery to treat a variety of conditions, including complex brain and spine conditions.

Synaptive’s BrightMatter technology automates the generation of tractography imaging, which uses a specialized MRI scan to map the brain’s sensitive white matter tracts. This approach gives surgeons a dynamic 3D visualization of the brain that may allow for less invasive surgery and safer surgical routes. For patients, less invasive procedures may lead to reduced complications and faster recovery times.