7. NuVasive: Pulse
FDA cleared NuVasive’s Pulse integrated navigation platform as a spinal surgical automation platform in 2018, with the system launching in mid-2019. NuVasive has described Pulse as an open imaging platform; it includes enhanced integration with Siemens Healthineers’ 3D mobile C-arm, the Cios Spin.
This year, NuVasive awaits an FDA 510(k) clearance and CE Mark approval related to Pulse updates, with an anticipated summer release. “With its ability to utilize in 100% of spine cases, we believe Pulse can play a pivotal role in accelerating the procedural shift to less invasive surgery with navigation. Research and development continues on Pulse Robotics, which is one of many future applications supported by the Pulse platform to help drive better clinical outcomes in spine surgery,” CEO Chris Barry said during a May 5 earnings call, transcribed by Seeking Alpha.