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Synaptive Medical’s BrightMatter technology: advanced imaging, informatics, surgical planning, navigation and robotic visualization with a digital microscope

TORONTO (April 24, 2017) — Synaptive Medical, Inc., a medical device and technology company, is pleased to announce that University of  Oklahoma (OU) Medical Center is the first hospital in Oklahoma to acquire their BrightMatter technology, an innovative solution of advanced imaging, informatics, surgical planning, navigation and robotic visualization with a digital microscope for brain surgery.  

“Inoperable means we don’t know how to take a tumor out,” said Dr. Michael E. Sughrue, associate professor, founding member and current director of the Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center at Stephenson Cancer Center. “For years we have been operating on the brain the way it looks; now we can operate on the way it really is.”

Sughrue is an innovator in skull base and keyhole brain surgery, and established one of the busiest awake-brain surgery programs in the United States. Using advanced brain tumor mapping techniques, he is often able to successfully remove many brain tumors deemed inoperable at other centers. The BrightMatter technology also will benefit Sughrue’s patients at the nearby Stephenson Cancer Center on the OU Medicine campus.

BrightMatter provides neurosurgeons with the latest advancements in visualization tools to perform minimally invasive, patient-specific procedures. Using an imaging method called diffusion tensor imaging, or DTI, 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 brain locations previously deemed inoperable.

The surgical plan is integrated into BrightMatter’s navigation system that allows surgeons to see a patient’s fiber tracts in real time. Surgeons also use Synaptive’s fully automated digital microscope, a high-powered magnification system mounted on a robotic arm that automatically follows surgical tools. The system replaces the need to manipulate cumbersome optics with a view seen by the entire operating room in unprecedented detail. BrightMatter allows for better surgical ergonomics, facilitates collaboration with operating room staff and consumes less surgical time – all factors that could lead to better patient outcomes.

“Providing our patients with the highest quality of care is a priority at OU Medical Center,” said Kris Wallace, chief operating officer, OU Medical Center. “This BrightMatter technology truly expands our capabilities to provide the best care when it comes to neurosurgery and treating brain tumors.”

“OU Medicine is home to one of the world’s busiest awake craniotomy practices and the expertise that comes with performing over 400 brain tumor operations a year,” said Cameron Piron, Synaptive president and co-founder. “Collaborating with surgeons to better understand their challenges in the operating room is deeply rooted in Synaptive’s culture. We look forward to gaining insight from Dr. Sughrue and the OU team as we explore joint innovation opportunities.”




OU Medicine is the collective brand for OU Medical Center, OU Physicians and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Headquartered at the Oklahoma Health Center campus near downtown Oklahoma City, OU Medicine is the state’s largest academic medical complex. Among other things, it provides health care, conducts medical research and educates the physicians of tomorrow. 


OU Medical Center is home to the state’s only level one trauma center and The Children’s Hospital, Oklahoma’s most comprehensive pediatric facility. Members of OU Physicians, the state’s largest physicians group, provide care at the hospital facilities and at OU Physicians clinics in Oklahoma City and across the state. The practice includes almost every adult and child specialty, and some of its physicians have pioneered treatments or procedures that are world-firsts. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube and at


About Synaptive Medical | Synaptive Medical, Inc., a Toronto-based medical device and technology company, collaborates with leading clinicians and healthcare systems to revolutionize products and services that cross traditional barriers to enable continuous improvement in care delivery in and beyond the operating room. Synaptive’s integrated BrightMatter solutions — including surgical planning, navigation and visualization, and an informatics platform — are designed to give clinicians the right information they need to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients.