XACT™ has developed a needle/tool steering and insertion system comprised of a patient-mounted 5 degrees-of-freedom robot, a control unit connected to the imaging system and to the robot, and a workstation for procedure planning and observation. The system separates the medical and anatomical expertise required for radiologists to plan the trajectory, from the technical expertise required to accurately deliver the needle/tool to the desired target, by allowing the robot to perform the needle insertion and steering with proven accuracy below 1.5mm.
The XACT™ system is the first system to include navigation and steering to actively compensate for breathing and patient movement during the procedure allowing for fast, accurate and safe performance of needle/tool insertion to the desired target. Real-time closed loop control coupled with the ability to complex angulation 3D trajectories, mean that any deviation from the original planned pathway can be immediately detected and corrected without the need for needle reinsertion or patient re-positioning.
The XACT™ system is expected to significantly reduce the learning curve for interventional radiologists to perform complex needle trajectories and to accurately and repeatedly reach the desired target.