Abstract in the Journal of Vascular Surgery features the benefits of Cydar EV

A recently published abstract in the Journal of Vascular Surgery (Volume 67, Number 6) highlights the benefits of Cydar’s revolutionary endovascular software. Other 3D fusion devices available on the market use hardware-based tracking points on the operating table to position the overlay image. This can be time consuming for the physicians and can potentially lead to an inaccurate overlay, in a situation where millimetres count. Cydar is unique in that it uses computer vision rather than the operating table to produce an accurate and reliable hands-free 3D overlay that is continuously updated through image matching techniques.
The study’s findings conclude that use of Cydar EV decreases radiation exposure, fluoroscopy time, and procedure time. It states: “[Cydar’s] novel technology has the potential to improve clinical outcomes, to reduce costs, and to broaden the application of 3D fusion imaging.”

Image-Based Three-Dimensional Fusion Computed Tomography Decreases Radiation Exposure, Fluoroscopy Time, and Procedure Time During Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair
Kevin W. Southerland, Uttara Nag, Megan Turner, Brian Gilmore, Richard McCann, Chandler Long, Mitchell Cox, Cynthia Shortell. Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
https://www.jvascsurg.org/article/S0741-5214(18)30466-X/fulltext

Cydar Shortlisted for Best AI Application in Healthcare at AIconics Awards

Cydar are excited to be shortlisted for the AIconics Awards for best application in healthcare. Cydar’s novel software, powered by high performance cloud-based computing, revolutionises endovascular surgery by deducing the patient’s body position through a comparison of the bone anatomy visible on a radiograph and the preoperative CT scan, thereby producing an accurate and reliable hands-free 3D overlay that is continuously updated through image matching techniques. CydarEV improves clinical outcomes, reduces costs, leads to an overall 50% reduction in radiation dose, and makes operating faster and more controlled for the physicians.
The AIconics are organised by AI Business and are a highlight of the upcoming AI Summit London, the world’s largest AI event for business that brings together 15,000 delegates at the ExCeL on the 13th and 14th of June 2018.
The Awards presentation ceremony will take place in the evening of the 12th of June at The State Apartments of Kensington Palace in London. Further information can be found on www.theaiconics.com/london
BEST APPLICATION IN HEALTHCARE SHORTLIST
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For more information on the AIconic Awards and all of the finalists across a spectrum of AI Innovations read: https://aibusiness.com/aiconics-awards-celebrate-ai-leaders-kensington-palace/

Cydar is featured in Cambridge News Magazine May 2018

Cydar is featured in Cambridge Magazine with an article about the company’s creation, founders, and aspirations for the future.
Tom says: “We looked at the things we needed, which was people who are experts in computer vision, cloud computing and software engineering. It’s a very rich vein of talent in Cambridge, we’ve got seven PhDs here, and the other thing is the guys come and work for us and see that the code they’ve written is being used in operating rooms. That’s a very powerful thing, to see the stuff you’ve written having a real impact.” With FDA and CE mark approval achieved, Cydar’s system is already installed in test sites in the UK and the US. Initially aimed at vascular surgery, it could branch out into other areas such as oncology, and Tom believes the company can have a truly global impact.
“Duke University Hospital, our first partner in the US, did a study of the health economic impact of using the overlay, and it showed that the operations take less time, patients have fewer complications, particularly kidney complications, and there’s a reduced exposure to X-ray radiations for both patients and staff,” Tom says. “They’re the things that underpin the business case for this, it’s making operations faster, safer and cheaper. That’s what every health system in the world needs, not even the Americans have money to throw at things just because they’re shiny and new – you have to prove the value of what you’re doing. “We would like this to become the standard of care, so any patient having an operation anywhere in the world should be able to get the benefit of enhanced guidance and intelligent planning we’re developing.”
Click on the link below to see the full article and images.
Matthew Gooding reports on the progress of this innovative firm based just outside Cambridge: CambridgeMagazine24April2018

Cydar named winners of the Cambridge News Business Innovation Award 2018

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/business/business-news/amazing-winners-2018-cambridge-news-14457503

Cydar are thrilled to have won the 2018 Cambridge News Business Excellence Awards in the Innovation category. These awards are highly competitive and well respected in the Cambridge community that fosters start-ups and innovation.

Hewitsons award for business innovation 2018 winner, Cydar

“Would you be comfortable with a surgeon placing this in your aorta?,” Cydar’s Dr James Gough asked our judges, waving around a medical instrument several feet long.
The thought of such a device entering your body is not for the faint-hearted (sorry), but guiding instruments is one of the biggest challenges faced by doctors since away from open surgery to more non-invasive techniques. At the moment, surgeons usually have to rely on a 2D X-ray view for guidance, but Cydar has come up with a system that combines this with 3D CT scan images. The firm’s cloud-based platform uses machine learning algorithms to map an individual patient’s anatomy and pinpoint the location of instruments.
“We’re the only people able to put high-performance cloud computing in the operating room,” says Cydar’s Rob Hague.

A spin-out from King’s College London, Cydar has been based in Barrington since 2014. With CE mark and FDA approval already secured, the company hopes to make an impact in the lucrative US market and beyond. Watch this space.

Link to Cambridge News full article and fellow winners at the top.

Cydar listed in Forbes as One of Four British Medical Start-Ups To Watch In 2018

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidprosser/2018/03/14/four-british-medical-start-ups-to-watch-in-2018/#96cfa0c2bbcf

Cambridge-based Cydar produces software that enables surgeons doing keyhole surgery to operate using live 3D images of the patient.

Historically, the quality of the images surgeons have had access to has been poor; by contrast, Cydar’s software matches CT scans and X-rays to form a live, 3D image, which in turn gives a much better and accurate picture to the surgeon.

The result is that patients suffer fewer complications and need fewer X-rays. Meanwhile, hospitals have a more predictable scheduling program and fewer over-runs, enabling them to operate more efficiently. Founded by consultant vascular surgeon Tom Carrell, Cydar’s technology is already in use in the NHS, as well as in North America.

Cydar Finalists for Business Excellence Award 2018 in Innovation

We are pleased to be listed for the Cambridge News Business Excellence Awards as finalists in the Business Innovation category.

Cydar’s surgical guidance system
“Would you be comfortable with a surgeon placing this in your aorta?,” Cydar’s Dr James Gough asked our judges, waving around a medical instrument several feet long.
The thought of such a device entering your body is not for the faint-hearted (sorry), but guiding instruments is one of the biggest challenges faced by doctors since away from open surgery to more non-invasive techniques. At the moment, surgeons usually have to rely on a 2D X-ray view for guidance, but Cydar has come up with a system that combines this with 3D CT scan images. The firm’s cloud-based platform uses machine learning algorithms to map an individual patient’s anatomy and pinpoint the location of instruments.

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/business/business-news/meet-2018-cambridge-news-business-14399560

Articles feature benefits of Cydar technology

Two great articles (linked below) are praising the use of Cydar in the operating room at Duke University. Some of the benefits of using Cydar technology as listed in the articles from the physician, Dr. Cynthia Shortell  include:
• Shorter operating times
• Better accuracy
• Reduction in radiation exposure (patient and physician)
• Shorter hospital stay (benefits patients and hospitals)
• Less contrast agent used
• Much greater accuracy

https://surgery.duke.edu/news/cloud-based-3d-imaging-enhances-endovascular-aneurysm-repair
and
http://www.clinicalpracticetoday.com/making-aneurysm-repair-safer-and-faster/

Dr. Shortell and Cydar also envision wider applications of the cloud-based technology for any procedure that uses 3D imaging.

“We will use CYDAR imaging in our other hybrid OR for patients undergoing heart surgery. This technology can theoretically be used for any sort of procedure that is done in 3D, including treatments for cancer, so it doesn’t have to be limited to blood vessels.”

Photo: Dr. Kevin Southerland, General Surgery Chief Resident, inserts a stent graft using CYDAR imaging

Upcoming Conferences 2018

Cydar is delighted to announce that we will be attending and/or presenting at these conferences in 2018. This list will be updated as we add to it. If you will also be attending one of these conferences and would like to arrange a meeting with a member of our team in advance please email us on contact@cydarmedical.com

HIMSS18 brings you the world-class education, cutting-edge products and solutions, and unique networking opportunities you need to solve your biggest health IT challenges – all at one time, all in one place.
March 5-9
Las Vegas, NV
Website: http://www.himssconference.org/

International Symposium Charing Cross – The Charing Cross Symposium (CX), first took place in 1978 at Charing Cross Hospital, Hammersmith, London and has by now become the longest running vascular and endovascular symposium in Europe and one of the largest in the world.
April 24 – 27
London, UK
Website: https://www.cxsymposium.com/

Precision Medicine World Conference 2018 Duke – The Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC), formerly known as the Personalized Medicine World Conference, is an independent and established conference that attracts recognized authorities and experts across healthcare and biotechnology sectors. The Conference – an outstanding forum to touch upon the different directions and aspects of precision medicine and attended by all the multi-disciplinary stakeholders – showcases practical content that helps close the knowledge gap by different sectors, thereby catalyzing cross-functional collaboration to further adoption of personalized medicine in the clinic.
September 24-25
Durham, NC
Website: http://www.pmwcintl.com/

Meltdown and Spectre

Last week saw the public announcement of two serious vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre. These are serious flaws that exploit the behaviour of the CPU rather than software, which makes them both very pervasive and difficult to address.

We have analysed Cydar EV, including the cloud hosting platform on which it runs (Amazon Web Services), and we believe that Meltdown and Spectre will not compromise patient data or prevent correct operation, for the following reasons:

• We use dedicated instances in the Cydar Vault, meaning that personally identifiable information is never processed on a machine that may also be used by other Amazon customers. This is done explicitly to avoid the risk of information leaks via vulnerabilities such as Meltdown and Spectre.

• The particular virtualization technology we use on AWS — Xen HVM (Hardware Virtual Machine) — is not susceptible to hypervisor escape via Meltdown.

• Cydar EV does not download new code to run after initial deployment, meaning that the sandbox escape that Spectre enables does not present a risk.

We are, of course, actively monitoring the situation as it develops, and are applying OS patches and other mitigations as a precaution. As Cydar EV is purely cloud software, this can be done without disruption to customers, who can continue to use the system as normal.

Meltdown and Spectre are almost unprecedented in their breadth and severity. The ramifications will be felt for a long while, and the nature of the vulnerabilities mean that comprehensive fixes are a long way away. In the meantime, we’ll continue to strive to make Cydar EV secure by design to address both known and unknown threats, and actively monitor the security landscape so that we can react quickly when necessary. Running in the cloud gives us the agility we need to do that.