Apr 27, 2023


The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance to a novel hand-held spine surgery navigation device.

According to the 510(k) summary, the hand-held navigation system provides "navigational guidance during spine surgery." It includes an iPod touch® mobile digital device loaded with the system's navigation software, a single use case, and sterile drape.

Brand named Bolt™ Navigation System, the "smart" device is indicated for use to assist spine surgeons "in the accurate placement of pedicle screws when used in conjunction with an intraoperative fluoroscope. It utilizes intraoperative fluoroscopic and pre-operative MRI or CT axial images to provide surgical planning and navigational telemetry relative to gravity, based on a fixed entry point ascertained by the user and validated by intraoperative fluoroscopic imaging. It is not intended to track patient position."

Additionally, "The System is indicated for open and minimally invasive pedicle screw placement using a posterior approach in the thoracolumbar and sacral spine (T-9 to S1) where the patients’ relevant rigid anatomical structures can be clearly identified on the imaging."

The system, the Bolt™ Navigation System, received clearance based on a predicate device, the TrackX v.2.0, an image-intensified fluoroscopic X-ray system. The Augmedics xvision Spine System and the Medtronic StealthStation are reference devices.

Circinus Medical Technology, LLC, a developer of handheld surgical navigation systems, submitted the application. John K. Dorman, M.D., a neurosurgeon, programmer, and founder of Circinus, developed the Bolt ™ Navigation System.

According to the company, "The Bolt ™ Navigation System offers a remarkably accurate, easy to use, economic spine navigation solution. It utilizes an iOS device, with its high-powered processor, familiar user interface, and highly sensitive gyroscope-on-chip™ technology to support the efficient and effective placement of posterior spine fixation."

Additionally, "Its near zero footprint, instrument agnostic design, ability to utilize standard imaging, and subscription business model makes it ideal for today's evolving surgical market."

Finally, in 2020, the Bolt System won Orthopedics This Week's annual Best Technology in Spine award.

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