Activ Surgical, a pioneer in digital surgery, has enabled the first AI-enabled use case for its ActiveSight product, helping a surgeon to remove a life-threatening cancer.
The solution provides enhanced visualization and real-time, on-demand surgical insights in the operating room. Its inaugural use came on December 22 when Matthew Kalady MD, Chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, performed a laparoscopic left colectomy, the surgical removal of the left side of the large bowel, using the colorectal AI mode within ActivSight.
Activ Surgical is currently conducting a clinical study with Ohio State Wexner Medical Center to evaluate the utility and usability of ActivSight.
“While using one of ActivSight’s intraoperative visual overlays, I was able to clearly see key critical structures in the surgical site and tissue perfusion in real-time,” said Dr Kalady. “With the press of a button, the colorectal AI mode was enabled, removing distractions of background signals from non-bowel tissue and clearly focusing on perfusion to the colon. There was a clear difference in visualization during AI mode.”
“At Activ Surgical, we are driven to learn from every procedure using enhanced, real-time visualization capabilities combined with augmented reality, artificial intelligence and machine learning technology so that we can deliver intelligent information to doctors around the world to reduce surgical complication rates,” said Manisha Shah-Bugaj, Chief Executive Officer at Activ Surgical. “With this latest milestone, we usher in a new standard of patient care and safety and will continue to build on our progress using AI technology. With this procedure, we have shown that we can deploy proprietary models that have been trained with our datasets, annotated with our experts and our pipeline, and developed with our team and partners. We are collaborating with global technology leaders to assist us with optimizing storage, integration, and inference. When all of this advanced tech is installed in the OR, our novel sensing brings it to life, and the results are incredible.”