XACT Robotics, which offers a robotic system for interventional procedures, announces that the U.S. FDA has cleared its ACE Xtend Remote Control Unit, allowing users to robotically insert and steer the XACT ACE Robotic System remotely from the control room. The feature for CT-guided percutaneous procedures is designed to improve physician workflows while limiting physician and other users’ exposure to radiation and reduce physical strain.

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

“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,” adds Jeffrey Solomon, MD, vice president of medical affairs at XACT. “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.”

The XACT ACE Robotic System combines image-based planning and monitoring with patented S-Drive technology, which enables the system to quickly adapt from a linear to a non-linear trajectory with its robotic insertion and steering of instruments during interventional percutaneous procedures. Moreover, it precisely delivers instruments to the designated targets with accuracy, consistency, and efficiency, according to XACT Robotics officials.

Finally, the XACT ACE Robotic System has been shown to achieve 1.7mm tip to target average accuracy upon first insertion based on data obtained from company clinical studies for biopsy procedures. By providing accurate and actionable results for medical diagnosis, the system aims to enhance early detection and improve patient outcomes.