Castle Rock Adventist is the first hospital in Colorado to acquire Synaptive’s BrightMatter technology, an innovative solution of advanced imaging, informatics, surgical planning, navigation, and robotic visualization with a digital microscope for spine and brain surgery.

BrightMatter will be used under neurosurgeon Dr. William Choi at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital. Choi is director of Precision Spine Center and a leading spine surgeon in the Denver area who has championed the use of surgical technology to improve patient outcomes. The system will allow Choi and the surgeons at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital to operate with a state-of-the-art, fully integrated solution for their expanding practice while avoiding the ergonomic challenges that come with traditional microscopes.

“Seeking emerging technology to enhance spine surgery is a long-standing passion of mine,” said Choi. “Synaptive Medical shares this interest: their BrightMatter technology offers surgeons tools with which to improve procedural accuracy and patient safety while tackling complex cases to achieve excellent outcomes. Combining robotics with next-generation optics enhances the surgeon’s ability to operate while leaving control in his or her hands, and will allow us to train the next generation of surgeons while viewing spine procedures in a new dimension.”

BrightMatter provides neurosurgeons with the latest advancements in visualization tools to perform minimally invasive, patient-specific approaches for both spinal and cranial procedures. For cranial procedures, using an imaging method called diffusion tensor imaging, BrightMatter automatically processes whole brain tractography for surgical planning of every possible approach. This functionality allows surgeons to see details that can’t be seen with the naked eye and may allow access to locations previously deemed inoperable. The surgical plan is integrated into

BrightMatter’s navigation system, which allows surgeons to see a patient’s brain tracts in real time.

For both cranial and spine procedures, surgeons also use Synaptive’s fully automated digital microscope, a high-powered magnification system mounted on a robotic arm that automatically follows the surgeon’s tools. This replaces the need to manipulate cumbersome optics with a view the entire operating room can see with unprecedented detail, particularly for spine surgeons performing minimally invasive procedures. BrightMatter allows for better surgical ergonomics, facilitates collaboration with operating room staff, and consumes less surgical time, all factors that may lead to better outcomes.